Custody of the monkey that bit a young boy at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey has been awarded to the State of Illinois, but it appears the monkey is living in Indiana. The Madison County State's Attorney argued successfully Friday that the state should take custody of the animal due to the fact that individual ownership of primates is not permitted in Illinois. The monkey was quarantined after the incident, but problems arose with the temporary aspect of its housing.
It is believed the person charged with the custody of the monkey over the past month unlawfully transported it to Indiana. Tom Gibbons says the St. Louis Zoo has agreed to retrieve the monkey and find her a new home that meets the requirements of the Dangerous Animal Act. Gibbons says the case has drawn national attention and there are offers from sanctuaries to take the monkey. The parents of the boy recently filed suit in Madison County against the woman who brought the monkey to the dog event, seeking $50,000 in damages.