unnamed trucker got in trouble Oct. 27 when Kansas City, KS, police
discovered he had a grown chimp riding shotgun.
trucker spotted the 160-pound, 12-year-old female in a cage in a
semi cab in a parking lot.
owner said he'd been going to the parking lot daily to feed the
chimp, but police quoted by KCTV Channel 5 said they didn't
see any evidence of food or water in the truck.
cab is now “sans simian” after authorities removed the animal and
took it to a shelter just across the state line in Lee's Summit,
Waggener, a trucker from California, found the chimp after he pulled
up next to the cab.
heard something, some spitting or something, so I looked up, and
it's just a cage on the inside of the window there,” he told the
TV station. “I see some eyes looking at me, nose, mouth, and looked
up. I said, well, 'How ya’ doin' there, bud?'
thought (it was) some idiot (dressed up) ... for Halloween,"
Waggener got a closer look, and he realized it was a real animal.
He called the police.
all came out laughing, like what have you been smoking? I don't
do drugs. I don't drink on duty, you know. The officer got up there
and looked, and he said, 'There is a (chimp) in there,' and I said,
'yeah',” Waggener said.
chimp's owner, who was not named, was cited for animal neglect,
as well as not having the proper permit. It wasn't the first time
he'd been cited for monkey business. Two other Animal Control agencies
seized the chimp at one time or another, the TV station reported.