"Fair and balanced" primate news
The New York Daily News headline: Monkey tales grow-owner may lose her
The backstory: Darla the macaque bit a toddler at Brookyn's Avenue U Key Food last week, allegedly after the two-year-old pulled her fur repeatedly.
The boy's grandmother, Helene Romano, 47, said the monkey went ape on young Thomas, who did not even notice the animal until he was bitten in the vegetable aisle.
Yeah, right, a two-year-old who doesn't notice a monkey until it attacks him? What kind of grandmother doesn't notice that her grandson is being rushed by a macaque in the produce aisle?
Now another Brooklyn resident is complaining that two years ago, the helper macaque bit her daughter Shayna on the knee.
Darla's owner, Steven Seidler, was walking his primate in front of Mogorichova's home two years ago when the woman's daughter Elizabeth, now 11, accidentally clipped the monkey's tail with her bike. Darla reared and sank her teeth into the girl's knee, said the outraged mom. "That's when they should have taken the animal," Mogorichova said.
Clearly a vicious and unprovoked attack, that. Although this mother claims to have confronted the police about the incident, the police say they have no record of any monkey-related complaints from her.