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WORLD NEWS: TEXCALTITLAN, MEXICO
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A shootout between police in Texcaltitlan, Mexico and a Mexican drug cartel on Tuesday, reportedly left bodies scattered all over the place in the aftermath. Among the dead were 11 gang members, and a small monkey dressed in a tiny camouflage jacket, and a tiny bullet-proof vest. A report from CBS News said, the body of the monkey was found sprawled across the body of a dead gunman, who was reported to be the owner of the animal.
Authorities said it was unclear if the monkey died in the hail of bullets that killed the owner, or if the animal met his death in some other way. The monkey was also reportedly wearing a diaper at the time of death. Animal trafficking charges are being considered against the cartel members that lived through the shootout, and are currently in police custody. An autopsy is expected to be done on the monkey later in the week.
According to the report, Mexican law allows private citizens to keep exotic animals if they register them under strictly supervised conditions. Even with such terms it has been relatively easy for drug cartels to obtain exotic pets as they attempt to imitate powerful drug lords of the 1980’s, like Pablo Escobar, who reportedly owned a private zoo on his ranch Hacienda Nápoles in Antioquia, Colombia. According to Mexican Security Analyst, David Saucedo, owning exotic pets have been a long-time status symbol of Mexican and Colombian drug Cartels.
“Mexican drug traffickers copied from the narcos of the Medellin Cartel the custom of acquiring exotic animals and setting up private zoos. According to the code of the drug trafficking aristocracy, having a private zoo was a prerequisite for being part of the circle of ‘big-time’ drug traffickers”, said Saucedo.