This footage shows a monkey with its muscles wasting away that was found locked in a cupboard by police officers when they raided a drugs party.
The monkey, called ‘Coco’, is reportedly suffering from muscular atrophy, which is when muscles waste away, usually due to a lack of physical activity.
The incident took place in the neighbourhood of Belgrano R., which is located in Argentina’s capital city Buenos Aires, when police raided the “French style” property after receiving noise complaints from neighbours about numerous parties taking place there, even during coronavirus lockdown.
Prosecutor Maximiliano Vence had requested a search warrant for the home, which was authorised by the 24th court, under the responsibility of Maria Alejandra Doti, and the police raided the house.
An anonymous source ‘close to the case’ told local media outlet Infobae: “The parties at that address were organised throughout the lockdown, when they were not allowed and now that they are allowed, they are even worse. There is a new party every weekend.”
The police officers who raided the home reportedly found a powder believed to be drugs and is currently being tested in the laboratory to determine whether the party, which boasted 37 guests, a DJ and a receptionist, was fuelled by cocaine or ketamine.
Coco was reportedly found locked in a cupboard without light, water or any fresh air.
The party organiser, who has not been named, was arrested after allegedly trying to hit a police officer. There are currently four defendants, no names. The four people were charged with noise offences, concealing a dancing event, and for violating drug laws. They have also been charged with animal abuse.
Coco, who is reportedly a black howler (Alouatta caraya) and is at least five years old, is currently under veterinary supervision. It is unclear if the monkey’s wounds can be healed.
It will be cared for by an NGO called ‘Pajaros Caido’ (‘Fallen Birds’) and once it has sufficiently recovered, it will be taken to the local Eco-Parque, which is a former zoo that now focuses on conservation.
Coco is suffering from muscular atrophy (Tetraparesis) in all four of his limbs, which makes it difficult for him to move around and feed himself. It was also noted that the monkey was missing some teeth, including its two fangs.
Black howlers are listed as near threatened on the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species. But Infobae said that it is the most threatened primate species in Argentina and that it is critically endangered, according to the Argentine Society for the Study of Mammals.
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