HAMILTON COUNTY (WISH) - A pet monkey went berserk Wednesday morning injuring its ownerand prompting a family to barricade themselves in a Hamilton Countyhome.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home in the2900 block of East 276th Street after Eujo, a Patas monkey, got outof his cage. The 9-1-1 caller told dispatchers that the monkey hasbeen caged because it was a dangerous wild animal.
The monkey lives in a large cage behind the home. The cageincludes a connector leading into a smaller cage located in thehome's living room.
According to his owner, Eujo somehow managed to open the indoorgate and escape into the house.
"Pretty much I woke up to my brother’s friends yellingmonkey and running" said Skyler
The monkey jumped on top of Skylar and scratched the teen on thehead.
His friend felt helpless as he watched.
"I've never seen any animal jump on top of somebody and juststart attacking him" said friend Caleb Galloway.
The family inside the home told dispatchers they lockedthemselves in different rooms so the monkey could not get tothem.
Owner Bobbi Phelan says patas monkeys can be extremelydangerous.
"If he was to attack you it would take him about 10 seconds. Hewould go for your neck. He would hit it and you would die" saidPhelan.
Despite the danger, Phelan says she's not getting rid of Eujo.Instead, she will reinforce the locks.
"I keep him because he is my son. I did not give birth to himbut after seven years I love him as my son" said Phelan.
Animal control responded to a 911 call from the home. A fullreport will be submitted to a Hamilton County judge. If the judgedecides Eujo should be labeled as a viscous animal, the owners canstill keep him. However, if there is a future incident animalcontrol can then step in and remove the pet.
The Patas monkey is said to be one of the fastest primates; itcan reach speeds of 34 mph.
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