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Police Seize Illegal Monkey From Lowell Home

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(Photo Credit: www.LowellSun.com/Evan Lips)

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LOWELL (CBS) – A four-month-old marmoset named Nene is being deported because he was in Massachusetts illegally.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Laurie Kirby reports.

Massachusetts bans owning exotic animals. The law even extends to some zoos.

Major Wilton Gray of the Massachusetts Environmental Police said the owner wasn’t aware of the state law, but went out of his way to buy himself a pet monkey. That owner will not be charged.

Police said the owner legally purchased the exotic creature in Florida.

“My understanding is they go for anywhere between $2- and 3,000 apiece,” said Gray.

Nene is heading back to Florida where it is legal to own him as a pet.

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