(ANIMAL NEWS/EXOTIC PETS) Singer Chris Brown is under fire once again after posting an Instagram video last month of his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with his pet capuchin monkey, Fiji.
The video prompted numerous calls to the California Fish and Wildlife Department from concerned fans, inciting agents to seize the monkey from the singer’s Los Angeles home on Friday. Brown could face up to six months in jail for failing to obtain a Restricted Species Permit from the wildlife department.
Aside from breaking the law, there are a number of reasons not to own exotic pets. Not only does it pose a threat to humans (you can never predict the behavior of wild animals), but it’s also near impossible to reproduce the animal’s natural habitat. The simple truth is these animals belong in the wild, not in the hands of children or celebrities.
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California Fish and Wildlife agents seized Chris Brown’s pet capuchin monkey from his Los Angeles home Friday.
Investigators determined the singer didn’t have a permit for the animal he named Fiji, Capt. Patrick Foy said.
Brown posted an Instagram video last month of his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with the pet.
But online comments followed, with critics saying the monkey belonged in the wild and that Fiji could be a danger to his daughter.
Brown reacted with a “chill out” message at the time, TMZ reported.
Foy said the video prompted six calls to the wildlife department from people concerned about the animal. He said Brown agreed to cooperate.
Agents executed a search warrant at Brown’s home Jan. 2, Foy said, adding that Brown wasn’t there but had his employees hand over the monkey in a cage.
Brown could face a misdemeanor charge carrying a potential six-month jail sentence.
Fiji was sent to an undisclosed facility.
The case has been turned over to the L.A. city attorney, TMZ reported.
“(N)ow spending taxpayer money on investigating monkey business, this completes the circle on his absurdity,” Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told TMZ.
Email and phone message requests for comment from Brown’s representatives weren’t immediately returned.