Florida pet monkey put on house arrest

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MERRITT ISLAND, FL – When you’re on vacation, it’s fun to get out and monkey around a bit. But doing so landed one pet monkey named Mookie in jail on house arrest.

Mookie and his owner Brad Berman were at a beach in Merritt Island, Florida, when a couple came up to them and asked to pet the Capuchin. Everything was going fine until a car screeched in a nearby parking lot and spooked poor “Mook.”  Shocked, he bit the guy petting him on the shin.

Brown assured the injured man his 19-year-old monkey is safe, has never bit anyone before and doesn’t have rabies, but the Health Department insisted Mookie be quarantined for 30 days just to be sure.

That’s sad because it means Mookie will spend his 20th birthday on lockdown and not get the beach party Berman had planned for him.

It may not be a day at the beach, but at least there’ll be no monkey business!