Spider monkeys found in duffle at Texas border



Undeclared spider monkeys intercepted by CBP officers 
and agriculture specialists at Progreso International

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Dec. 30, a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen driver arrived at the Progreso International Bridge in Progreso, Texas and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer referred her for further inspection, according to a CBD press release.

Upon said further inspection, Office of Field Operations officers and agricultural specialists at the bridge discovered four undeclared spider monkeys concealed in a duffle bag. 

“While conducting their inspections, our officers will often encounter a myriad of prohibited agriculture products,” said Port Director Walter Weaver, Port of Progreso. “Sometimes these encounters yield hidden exotic animals, such as in this case.”

Officers conducting the secondary inspection discovered four spider monkeys hidden inside a duffle bag and working with CBP agriculture specialists removed them from the bag, placing them in an animal container, the release said. CBP OFO then contacted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which identified the animals as spider monkeys. The woman was issued a penalty by CBP and the spider monkeys were returned to Mexico.

Spider monkeys are considered New World monkeys which are found in tropical forests of Central and South America, including southern Mexico and are considered endangered under the Endangered Species Act.


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