July 15, 2008

Health Officials Looking for Pet Monkey That Bit Girl

By Jeremy Slayton

Richmond health officials are looking for a pet monkey responsible for biting a teenage girl Friday during the Fourth of July festivities at Byrd Park.

The Richmond Health District needs more information to help determine a course of treatment for the girl.

The patient is in good health and was treated by her physician, said George Jones, spokesman for the health department.

However, health officials need to determine the species and origin of the monkey to determine what additional treatment, if any, is needed.

According to officials, the teenage girl was bitten by the monkey at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park.

Jones said the department has received numerous tips about the monkey, but authorities are still trying to find the primate and its owner.

The owner, or anyone with knowledge of the pet monkey, is asked to call the Richmond health department at (804) 646-3137.

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