A Maryland woman is missing her “baby”. Her “baby” is a capuchin monkey named Armani. Armani wore Huggies diapers, infant clothes, drank out of a baby bottle, and even had his own $4,000 specialized room with tire swings, toys and a hammock.
Now, Armani has been taken away from his home by Animal Control officers because they suspect that Armani may be illegal according to Maryland’s wild animal law. The law “forbids anyone from importing, selling, breeding or having a ‘nonhuman primate,’ including monkeys”. The only exception to this law is animals that were owned before May 31, 2006 are grandfathered in.
Armani’s owner said that Armani was born on May 9 and that she bought him shortly after, so she says he is not illegal. Animal Control says that they have documentation stating that Armani wasn’t even born until December 2006. Armani is being boarded at a Maryland zoo (his mother is footing the $1,344 bill) until the situation is finalized.