There was once a time when capuchin monkeys could move freely through the jungles of Brazil, mostly unfettered by the presence of towns and cities. But now, as more and more humans make themselves at home in the monkeys' native habitat, capuchins have begun taking the liberty to trespass in return -- and some seem quite pleased with themselves for doing so.
Recently, Venilda da Silva Barros, from the state of Paraná, was doing chores around the house when she discovered that a monkey had broken in and was making himself at home. According to Globo News, Venilda found the furry intruder as he lay sleeping in her bed. Startled, the monkey then began to trash the woman's house, pausing only to help himself to some panettone that had been left out in the kitchen.
But after the monkey refused to leave on its own, Venilda enlisted the help of the police. Still, she seemed rather understanding about the whole encounter.
"He only made a mess," says Venilda. "Afterwards, I had to clean up."
Once aprehended by authorities and taken back to the station, the mayhem only continued. Somehow, the deft monkey managed to free himself from the cage he'd been place in, wandering freely through the precinct office -- though he did stop long enough to pose for a picture atop one of the police desks.
Wildlife agents say that the monkey is not aggressive, but he may be too accustomed to humans to be released back into the wild. Now, the clever capuchin is currently awaiting transfer to a nearby zoo.
Such incidents of capuchins invading populated territories are a growing problem in Brazil as communities continue to expand into and abut the monkey's native habitat -- like in Rio de Janeiro, where marauding gangs of capuchins work together to break into homes.
Still, it would be hard to fault monkeys for this behavior, as they are merely adapting to the changes humans have made to their environment and the easy pickings therein. Plus, sometimes there's panettone.
Via Globo News