A pet monkey attacked an Oklahoma woman Sunday before a family member of the victim shot and killed the primate, police said.
The attack, which left the woman with non-life-threatening injuries, occurred in Dickson, a town a little more than 100 miles south of Oklahoma City. Police received a report of a monkey on someone’s front porch just after 6 p.m., according to the Dickson Police Department.
When police arrived, they called for help from the Oklahoma Wildlife Department. And when the officers got out of the car, the monkey jumped on the back of the vehicle, ran toward the victim and climbed onto her, causing unspecified injuries, police said.
NBC affiliate KTEN of Ada, a city about 83 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, reported that the victim, Brittany Parker, was the person who originally called police to report the monkey. She told the station that the monkey “ran up my back and jumped onto my head, pulled hair out, and then ripped my ear in half like you would a piece of paper.”
A spokesperson for the police department confirmed Parker’s injuries.
Parker was transported first to Mercy Hospital Ardmore and then to OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City, police said.
She was released from the hospital early Monday with bruises and a stitched-up ear, KTEN reported.
After attacking Parker, the monkey then ran into a wooded area, and its owners — and police — unsuccessfully tried to track it down, with police warning the public not to approach the animal. At some point, a family member of Parker shot and killed the monkey, police said.
KTEN reported it was a friend of Parker’s who killed the animal, with Parker claiming that the monkey also attacked the person who killed it. “We called him and he came over here, and after I had been attacked, the monkey went out to his vehicle, slapped him across the face, and pulled his hair,” Parker told the local station.
The monkey’s body is being analyzed at Oklahoma Disease Laboratory for testing, according to Dickson Police, who said the investigation is ongoing.
Oklahoma law classifies primates as domesticated animals, making it legal to own one without a permit, KTEN reported. But state law also makes it a misdemeanor punishable by up to $50 or 30 days in jail to fail to keep domestic animals adequately enclosed.
A spokesperson for the Dickson Police Department said the case has been submitted to the Carter County District Attorney’s office for review.
Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd said his office will not be bringing charges against the monkey’s owner because it “doesn’t appear to be a criminal matter,” adding that he does not believe monkeys qualify under the adequate enclosure law, which excludes house pets.