Really? Yes, really. Aside from carrying nasty diseases, these creatures are considered great eating in many parts of the world, West Africa included. In fact, this blogger’s Internet searches yielded recipes for Fruit bat soup and stewed Cane rat, as well as an awareness that smoked monkey is readily found all over rural Africa — to eat.
It’s questionable whether one can ever really know why a monkey would do such a thing, but it is probably relevant that despite zoo keepers feeding the monkeys three times daily, people often break the rules and bring food for them anyway. That being said, what happened next may not be a total surprise.
A 22-year-old Idaho man will spend up to seven years in prison for killing a zoo monkey last fall.