A drug gang member’s pet monkey – dressed in a bulletproof vest and camouflage jacket – was killed in a bloody shootout that also killed 11 other cartel members.
Its owner – a young man in his 20s believed to be in Mexico’s notorious crime group La Familia Michoacana – was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds, the monkey lying on his chest.
Stunned police stumbled upon the bizarre and gruesome scene after a shootout between authorities and cartel members in the central Mexico town of Texcaltitlan, just over 60 miles southwest of the capital, Mexico City.
The little spider monkey was found with its arms outstretched as if holding its owner, who was carrying it by the shoulders.
He was wearing a bulletproof vest, a khaki hooded jacket and a diaper.
The shooting occurred as members of the Mexico State Attorney General’s Office and members of the National Guard fought with armed members of La Familia Michoacana.
The Mexico Daily Post reports that 10 men were killed at the scene, while another died in hospital and another 10 were arrested.
Three of them remain under medical observation after being injured in the shooting.
Infobae reports that five of those arrested are men and three are women, while another is a minor under the age of 15.
Another adult was also hospitalized, but no details about them were released.
Images of the “narco monkey” went viral across the internet, with many social media users initially assuming it was fake.
The police have now confirmed that the pictures are real.
The monkey’s owner was reportedly part of the regional head of the La Familia Michoacana security team – whose leader was named “El Gorilla” – and who fled during the police raid on Tuesday June 14.
Authorities seized various weapons from the operation, including 20 assault rifles, handguns, ammunition and vehicles, and also took the monkey’s body.
According to the newspaper, it will undergo an autopsy under the guidance of specialist veterinarians from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex).
In addition, authorities will investigate the likelihood that the spider monkey – a protected species – was trafficked illegally by the drug gang.
On the same day as the shooting, a Bengal tiger was sighted roaming the streets of Tecuala in western Mexico’s Nayarit region.
It was reported on social media that the tiger had fled the home of its owner – who is involved in organized crime.
The man later came to collect his dangerous pet with a chain.
Mexican animal rights group Animal Lawyers warns that organized criminals often mistreat the exotic pets they keep, many of which are unable to adapt to the new habitat they find themselves in.
Dozens of heavily armed police, Army, Navy and National Guard troops were involved in Tuesday’s bloody raid.
Officers also confiscated bulletproof vests, military uniforms and communications equipment.
It comes just weeks after a similar bloody shootout in the central Mexican region in which prosecutors and state police agents were fired on by 20 trucks of gunmen.
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke out after the shooting, insisting he would continue his security strategy of “not meeting violence with more violence.”
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