Quite often, beer results in monkeying around, but sometimes, that combination can lead to trouble. It sure did for one Texas woman, and not for the reasons you might think. She wasn’t drunk, as far as we know, but she did get involved in some monkey business — and was promptly arrested.
As relayed by CNN, the 20-year-old woman in question was asked by authorities what was in a wooden box in her possession when she entered the United States from Mexico. She told them it was beer. But it was actually a monkey.
More specifically, it was an endangered spider monkey. Once officers made the discovery, the woman sped away.
Baby Spider Monkey
But criminals have a way of giving themselves up. And that’s what happened here when she listed the monkey for sale on the Internet. And you don’t try to sell a monkey without providing your contact information for potential customers.
She eventually turned herself in, avoiding the inevitable of getting caught, anyway. As for the monkey, it appears all is well and it will not be auctioned off online.
“Smuggling in endangered species for commercial gain is a tragic crime against nature’s precious resources,” said Craig Larrabee, acting special agent in charge at Homeland Security Investigations San Antonio, in as statement release. “HSI takes every opportunity to join our federal, private sector and international partners to share our knowledge, experience and investigative techniques designed to protect and preserve threatened and endangered species.”
There are seven species of spider monkeys in Central and South America, CNN relayed.