GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) – A girl asks and hopes that town of Galveston will enable her to decide on a house for her former pet monkey that she and her son purchased through the holidays.
Lilly is a 4-year-old capuchin monkey that Leigh Kuchera purchased for her son after he was having a tough time.
“I took him overseas to Honduras on trip to attempt to regroup,” Kuchera stated. “He met capuchin monkeys and completely fell in love with them. And he stated, ‘can we please get one.'”
They weren’t residing in Galveston again then, but when a monkey named Lilly rings a bell, it is as a result of she escaped their Galveston dwelling throughout a raid and went lacking in January 2020.
Kuchera instructed ABC13 that was when she came upon it was not authorized to host the animal on the island. “We discovered her later that evening and located it was not authorized to have her right here,” she stated.
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In consequence, Lilly started residing in Brazoria County quickly after the 2020 escape, Kuchera stated.
Lilly returned to Galveston for 3 days in July as a brief shelter whereas preparations had been made to take her to Huntsville, and that is when she stated animal management broke into her dwelling and took the primate.
Kuchera stated she wasn’t positive how animal management knew of Lilly’s presence.
The Metropolis of Galveston stated in a press release that the primate remains to be of their care at Moody Gardens.
Moreover, a part of that assertion included the next:
“The Animal Providers Division remained keen to think about Ms. Kuchera’s placement choices so long as these placements display the flexibility to supply human and long-term take care of the animal, which has a lifespan of over 30 years.”
And whereas Galveston says they’ve a spot for Lilly on a ranch in Murchison, Texas, her proprietor says he desires to decide on the place his beloved primate will find yourself because of the complexity of capuchin monkeys.
“She will probably be locked in a cage and can by no means have any human interplay,” Kuchera stated.
“They require it in the event that they had been raised by people. They’re like human infants.”
She added that town has not labored together with her to ship the monkey the place it deems applicable.
A court docket listening to associated to this resolution is scheduled for August 10, however Kuchera stated he hopes it would not have to go that far.
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