Customs officers seized five baby monkeys at a checkpoint in northern Chile near Bolivia, authorities said on Wednesday. The animals were found hungry and dehydrated in a backpack. One monkey died.
“This truck had its driver and a companion. When the companion got off the truck for inspection, he avoided being inspected,” Cristian Molina Silva, the regional director of Tarapaca Customs, said.
“The inspectors proceeded to examine a backpack that he was carrying. And inside that backpack, we found five Bolivian squirrel-type monkeys,” Silva said, adding that the man was planning on selling the tiny monkeys.
Authorities arrested the man, and the monkeys were handed to the Agricultural and Livestock Service.
Bolivian squirrel monkeys
Bolivian squirrel monkeys are native to parts of South America, including Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. They are small, with a body length ranging from 25 to 30 centimeters (10 to 12 inches).
These monkeys are highly social and live in groups, ranging in size from a few individuals to over 100 members. Like many primates, Bolivian squirrel monkeys use a variety of vocalizations, facial expressions, and body postures to communicate within their groups.
The animals face threats from habitat destruction due to deforestation, hunting and capture for the pet trade.
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