Gebbe, a pigtailed macaque, may not be returned to its proprietor after escaping from its Reno residence and injuring 4 individuals final month, based on Washoe County Regional Animal Companies paperwork obtained by the Reno Gazette Journal.

This was the monkey’s second escape. In 2015, animal providers responded to a name of a monkey within the neighborhood. Images taken on the time present Gebbe sitting on the roof of a home. 

And Gebbe is only one of eight unique animals in Washoe County presently. 

When Gebbe escaped on Might 25, animal providers had been known as to a northwest Reno neighborhood and ultimately captured the monkey after 4 neighbors had been injured.

Neighbor Gene Navarroza stated his daughter and mom had been amongst these injured. He stated he doesn’t need the monkey to return to the neighborhood. 

His daughter and mom had been each bitten and scratched by Gebbe and obtained a number of rabies photographs, he stated. They’re awaiting bloodwork ends in case the monkey carries any illnesses.

Brenda O’Mealia, the victims’ legal professional, stated Gebbe additionally bit two different kids within the neighborhood. 

After being captured, the monkey was positioned below a compulsory, 10-day quarantine in case it has rabies. 

Gebbe didn’t present any signs of rabies, based on Tammy Jennings, assistant director of Washoe County Regional Animal Companies. She recommends that anybody who’s injured by an animal, no matter whether or not it is an unique pet, go see their medical supplier. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the monkey was launched from quarantine however stays on the county animal providers constructing. 

County paperwork don’t element how Gebbe escaped however stated that the proprietor’s account matched neighbors’ tales about how the monkey escaped.

Oscar Tejeda, the inspecting officer for the county, instructed the monkey’s proprietor, Sarah Dehbozorgi, that her unique pet allow for Gebbe might be revoked as a result of the monkey injured neighbors.

Dehbozorgi didn’t reply to the Reno Gazette Journal’s a number of makes an attempt to contact her.

Dehbozorgi was suggested that if the allow is revoked, the county will preserve Gebbe at their facility pending an enchantment or till they hear from the courts, Jennings stated.

As of Wednesday, Jennings stated they hadn’t obtained any notification that Dehbozorgi had filed an enchantment, however t she might enchantment at a later date. 

Dehbozorgi instructed the animal providers officer that she plans to construct a bigger enclosure for Gebbe that might stop the monkey from escaping sooner or later and would meet new requirements of code. Based on county data, Dehbozorgi had been working with Tejeda to increase and improve Gebbe’s outside enclosure for months earlier than the incident.

Tejeda suggested Dehbozorgi that she shouldn’t put any extra cash towards the up to date enclosure till she had permission to have the monkey again. He additionally wasn’t certain if she might have Gebbe again if she moved to a different county that allowed unique pets, based on the paperwork.

He added that she might presumably give up Gebbe to a “reputable rescue,” based on paperwork. Nevertheless, the monkey is used to being indoors and has not been round different monkeys. The proprietor would seemingly have to make sure that the rescue would have the means to humanely preserve Gebbe long run.

Jennings stated that ideally, the monkey can be positioned in an applicable sanctuary. Nevertheless, she is unaware of any sanctuaries for primates in Northern Nevada.

The proprietor was additionally suggested that if she moved to a different location inside Washoe County, she would wish to reapply for a allow. Nevertheless, if the allow was revoked for one location, it might seemingly not be accredited for a distinct location.

Monkeys, bobcats and pythons

There are eight unique pets registered in Washoe County, based on information offered by Washoe County Regional Animal Companies. These eight pets are:

  • Gebbe the monkey, registered in zip code 89523
  • Sally the Burmese python, registered in zip code 89521
  • Craig the Burmese python, registered in zip code 89521
  • Mercutio the capuchin monkey, registered in zip code 89503
  • Sweetie the mountain lion, registered in zip code 89508
  • Bobby the bobcat, registered in zip code 89508
  • Katrina the bobcat, registered in zip code 89506
  • Newman the serval, registered in zip code 89704

Permits will not be required for tier 1 unique pets similar to chinchillas, hedgehogs and sugar gliders.

Permits are required for tier 2 and three unique pets. Examples of tier 2 pets embody animals similar to an ocelot, serval, kinkajou and constrictors which can be over 12 toes lengthy and weigh over 30 lbs, based on the animal providers web site.

County paperwork say that Gebbe is categorized as a tier 3 unique pet. These pets are required to have a $250,000 legal responsibility insurance coverage protection.

Different tier 3 pets embody clouded leopards, wolves, Komodo dragons and tigers. 

If an unique animal allow utility is accredited by the county, situations could also be positioned on the allow similar to annual inspections by animal providers and requiring an emergency plan together with evacuation and escape procedures.

Kristin Oh is a public security reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She might be reached at or at 775-420-1285.  Please assist assist her work by subscribing. 

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