Pet monkey quarantined after biting man on leg


MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - A pet monkey has been quarantined in its owner's Brevard County home after biting a man.
Officials said the 19-year-old capuchin monkey named Mookie will be quarantined for 30 days to be sure that he doesn't show any symptoms of rabies.
Brevard County Animal Services Capt. Bob Brown said Mookie and its owner, Brad Berman, were approached Saturday on Merritt Island by a couple who wanted to pet the animal.
Brown said a car pulling into the parking lot startled the monkey, which bit the 32-year-old man on the shin.
The county's health department director said the man bought some hydrogen peroxide at a nearby convenience store to clean the wound.
Berman said he apologized to the couple, saying Mookie never bit anyone before.