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Monkey roaming streets of Chattanooga captured

11:03 AM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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(WRCB) -- There was a bit of 'monkey business' for Chattanooga police and the McKamey Animal center Friday.

They had to chase down a monkey on the loose.

"I went over there to see what it was and she showed me this animal in the trees there, climbing around. It looked like a monkey to me," said Jerry Daniel, who lives the spot the animal was captured.

The "monkey" turned out to be a Brazilian Marmoset named "Molly".

"It started climbing out of the trees there and coming out to where we were at. And I knew right quick we needed to get somebody to come and catch it," said Daniel.

"I just heard a call in the radio that, yes, it was indeed a monkey," said Sgt. Barry Burns with Chattanooga Police.

His initial impression? "I thought it was a bigger monkey at first," he says. "I thought it'd be more exciting, just the little kind. It was still interesting because it's just something you don't see every day."

He sounded a little disappointed.

"No, I wasn't disappointed, actually," said Burns. "I've never seen one like that before. It was ok."

"I've seen them on TV, but I didn't know we could have them in this part of the country," said Daniel with a laugh.

"It's one that they family will hear when they get home," added Burns.

It is legal to own a monkey in Tennessee.

You only have to have a license to breed and sell them and the paperwork to prove you bought one from a licensed breeder.

At last check, McKamey is waiting to reunite Molly with her owner, as soon as she provides that paperwork.

WRCB

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