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Wildlife officials probe truth of mini monkey

LOCAL wildlife protection officials are probing the claim of an online blogger who said he had a license for keeping a mini monkey as a pet and showed its pictures.
The man described the pet as "Japanese Stone Monkey" that grows no bigger than a kitten when it matures. He said he bought it for 15,000 yuan together with a legal permit. The photos showed a palm-sized monkey sipping a coke with a straw and drew a lot of clicks.
But the Shanghai Wildlife Conservation Center said the animal is actually a baby monkey of a species under government protection. It said it had started an investigation and welcomed clues from the public. Possessing such a protected species constitutes a crime and can get a jail term of more than 10 years.
The officials said there are no such as a permit for protected animals.
They said keeping monkeys as pets not only poses health hazards to humans but also encourages underground trading of baby monkeys robbed from their mothers in the wild.


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