Cozumel, Q.R. — A spider monkey less than two months old has been rescued from a person on the island of Cozumel.
A tip from a citizen led the Environmental Education and Conservation Department (CEA) to a private home where they found the tiny monkey who is believed to be about 1.5 months old.
CEA head, Rafael Chacón Diaz, explained that Tuesday night he received a call from a concerned citizen explaining that nearby his home was someone with a monkey that the owner was hoping to sell.
Authorities visited the home where they found the spider monkey, a species on the Mexican Standard endangered list.
Chacón Diaz said, “The first thing we did was to take him to the veterinarian to verify his health. “ He explained that the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa), who are responsible for such animals, were given the monkey for federal protection.
In coordination with the Environmental Education and Conservation Department (CEA), Parks and Museums Foundation of Cozumel and the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa), the spider monkey will be set for release in a state sanctuary.
Local authorities emphasis that being in possession of an endangered species is a federal crime punishable by imprisonment.