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Spider monkey found dead wearing bullet proof vest after cartel shootout in Mexico

Spider monkey found dead wearing bullet proof vest after cartel shootout in Mexico

A spider monkey wearing a bulletproof vest and other body armor was found dead after a shootout between a drug cartel and the police in Mexico on Tuesday. 

The monkey was believed to have belonged to the cartel group. It was killed in a shootout in Texcaltitlán, a town 63 miles southwest of Mexico City. 

Images of the monkey appeared online after the shootout. It was wearing a camouflage jacket, a small ‘bulletproof’ vest, and a diaper. 

It is unclear exactly how the monkey was killed although it’s suspected that it got caught in the gunfire. 

“A primate was killed at the scene, which was presumably owned by a criminal who was also at the scene,” state prosecutors said in a statement. 

“An autopsy will be carried out on the animal by a veterinarian specialized in the species,” read a statement from the State of Mexico.”

The primate wasn’t the only one killed at the scene. 11 gang members were also fatally shot. Seven gang members were arrested, and some were injured. 

The shootout occurred after the gang members allegedly attacked local security forces in the State of Mexico municipality. 

They appeared in court on Saturday and were identified as members of the Familia Michoacana cartel, who have been accused of attempted murder and other charges. They are due to appear in court again in the next few days. 

In accordance with Mexican tradition, the deceased monkey received its own corrida, a folk ballad composed in honor of dead drug cartel members. “Life is very short, it wasn’t the monkey’s turn (to die),” the lyrics said. 

Authorities are considering adding animal trafficking to the long list of charges the suspects are now facing. 

The keeping of exotic pets is permitted in Mexico with a license, but gang members often forgo the licensing. The owning of animals like monkeys and tigers is considered a status symbol for cartels and gangs. 

Spider monkey found dead wearing bullet proof vest after cartel shootout in Mexico

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