Monday, July 19, 2010

Mexico arrests man with 18 titi monkeys around his waist

By Julian Miglierini
BBC News, Mexico

One of the 18 titi monkeys recovered by Mexican customs The monkeys were rolled up in socks and slung on a belt
Mexican authorities have arrested a man who was trying to smuggle 18 small monkeys into the country by carrying them in his clothing.

Roberto Sol Cabrera, a Mexican citizen, was stopped at a random check at Mexico City's international airport last Friday after arriving from Lima.

In a statement, police said Mr Cabrera Zavaleta had been behaving "nervously".

Once he was searched, it was discovered that he had hidden 18 titi monkeys in a girdle around his waist.

Mr Sol Cabrera later confessed that the animals had travelled in his luggage, and that he had put them under his clothing "to protect them from X-rays" as he was going through customs.

The animals had been put into socks, police explained, and two of them were dead at the time of confiscation.

Many species of titi monkeys, a species from South America, are in an endangered animal list by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

The Mexican government recently restricted imports of primates and since Mr Sol Cabrera did not have any permits, he will remain in custody while more investigations take place...


swissmiss said...


Joe @ Defend Us In Battle said...

Ok... I am lazy and didnt want to find someones email.

But this needs to be posted here at amentior:

swissmiss said...

The question is, why watermelon? And, why heat it? Don't the old Coleman coolers cut it these days!

Joe @ Defend Us In Battle said...

I dont know, I figured you folks would have some expertise on this issue.