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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Connecticut Oil Company President Illegally Owns Primate

I'm starting to wonder about Connecticut. It's the same state where the Travis incident occurred.

However, this time the owner is an oil and gas company president, not some eccentric woman on Xanax.

Six weeks before a 200-pound chimpanzee nearly mauled a woman to death, state officials were cracking down on the owner of a 14-pound siamang that was still wearing diapers made for infants.

Pierce Onthank, the president of an oil and gas company, was charged in January with illegal possession of a primate for keeping a siamang, a type of gibbon that is native to rain forests in Malaysia and Indonesia and can weigh up to 30 pounds and stand 3 feet high.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection says he never had the required permit

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