MONKEY BUSINESS: Smuggler's car stopped at Spain border with an 'unauthorised' furry friend on board

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A 25-year old man is facing charges for illegal trafficking of a protected species after Guardia Civil at Almeria port came across a Barbary Macaque monkey in the back of a car heading for central Europe.
Officers were carrying out a routine vehicle check when they heard strange noises coming from inside the car. The vehicle had tinted windows, so they couldn’t see inside, and when they asked the driver if he had anything to declare he insisted he didn’t.
Suspicious, the officers decided to search the car, discovering the little monkey half hidden under the seats and attached to a chair by a leash. The vehicle occupant had no paperwork authorizing the possession or transport of the animal.

ILLEGAL: The detained individual has no documentation authorising the ownership or transport of the monkey.
Photo: Guardia Civil

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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