Friday, April 25, 2008

A happy ending

The story of April, the fragile nine-month old monkey who was abducted from the Cherry Brook Zoo in Saint John, made me so sad I couldn't even blog about it. The poor little thing's fate has been in the back of my mind for days. Was she scared? Hurt? The agony of her parents, who continually searched their compound looking for her, was heartbreaking. To make things worse, she is a Callimico goeldii monkey - an endangered species. The whole city of Saint John seemed just gutted by it.

Then, someone did the right thing.

April got lucky - if she had been destined for the black market, she'd be sold or dead by now. My personal guess is that some guy either became enamoured of her at the Zoo or, just as likely, his girlfriend did - and he decided he had to have that monkey. Sort of a "it seemed like a good idea at the time" scenario. Didn't realize how fragile the species is; didn't think about the fact that he was breaking up a highly intelligent family.

Personally, I don't think police should even continue to pursue the case now that April has been returned. (They said, before the monkey was found, that they "just wanted the monkey back" - now that she's been returned, they are analyzing the tape of the anonymous tip that led to her for clues. That's not a good lesson for the next time they say they "just want something returned".)

Media reports that April is in good health and that the whole family is "bouncing off the walls" with happiness at being reunited.

It's that rarest of things these days - a happy ending. :)



Anonymous m.e. said...

shame on the police for reneging on their words.

glad the little fambly is reunited. i wonder if the little monkey was a handful while she was in captivity. be nice if she was so naughty her captors decided to give her back...*:0)

7:18 a.m.  
Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

I know what you mean - a wonderful outcome, and i'm rather glad to have skipped straight to the happy ending on this one!

Does that avatar mean we need to be wishing someone a happy birthday??


9:40 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Good eye, Ruth!!! ;)

4:27 p.m.  
Blogger Mike said...

Happy birthday. So, after the monkey thing didn't work out, what did Mr. Ronniecat get you?

5:51 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Very droll, Mr. Peterson!

I myself have never had a hankering for a primate.

Mojo wants a monkey. I do not want a monkey. I most especially do not want Mojo, with a monkey.

I got brunch in a very nice and expensive hotel and some beautiful plants for my new office, which was exactly what I asked for. That, and to spend the day - it was Sunday - exactly as I chose to spend it. The very best birthday gift one can give oneself.


8:19 p.m.  

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