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Moment crippled monkey tries to walk after being rescued from a cupboard by police in Argentina

Distressing moment crippled monkey tries to walk after being rescued from a cupboard by police during a cocaine party raid in Argentina

  • The monkey, believed to be a black howler, was found at house in Buenos Aires
  • Video shows the animal, named Coco, hobbling around on the floor after being locked inside a dark cupboard without water or fresh air at property
  • Police found the monkey when they raided a property following complaints about numerous parties taking place there 


This is the distressing moment a crippled monkey trying to walk after it was rescued from a locked cupboard by police officers when they raided a cocaine party in Argentina.

Video shows the animal, named Coco, hobbling around on the floor after being locked inside a dark cupboard without water or fresh air at a property in the capital Buenos Aires.

The monkey, believed to be a black howler and five-years-old, is reportedly suffering from muscular atrophy, which is when muscles waste away – usually due to a lack of physical exercise.

Video shows the animal, named Coco, hobbling around on the floor after being locked inside a dark cupboard without water or fresh air at a property in the capital Buenos Aires

The monkey, believed to be a black howler and five-years-old, is reportedly suffering from muscular atrophy, which is when muscles waste away - usually due to a lack of physical exercise

The monkey, believed to be a black howler and five-years-old, is reportedly suffering from muscular atrophy, which is when muscles waste away – usually due to a lack of physical exercise

The animal was found by police when they raided a property in Buenos Aires after receiving noise complaints from neighbours about numerous parties taking place there, even during the coronavirus lockdown. 

A source close to the case told local media outlet Infobae: ‘The parties at that address were organised throughout the lockdown when they were not allowed. 

‘And now that parties are allowed, they are even worse. There is a new party every weekend.’

When police raided the property they found Coco the monkey locked in a cupboard without light, water or any fresh air. 

Powder believed to be drugs was also found at the property. The substance is now being tested in a laboratory to determine whether the party, which boasted 37 guests, a DJ and a receptionist, was fuelled by cocaine and ketamine.      

The party organiser, who has not been named, was arrested after allegedly trying to hit a police officer. Another three people were arrested. 

The four people were charged with animal abuse, violating drug laws, noise offences and concealing a dancing event. 

Video shows the crippled monkey trying to walk after it was rescued from a locked cupboard by police officers when they raided a cocaine party in Argentina

Video shows the crippled monkey trying to walk after it was rescued from a locked cupboard by police officers when they raided a cocaine party in Argentina

The animal was found by police when they raided a property in Buenos Aires after receiving noise complaints from neighbours about numerous parties taking place there, even during the coronavirus lockdown

The animal was found by police when they raided a property in Buenos Aires after receiving noise complaints from neighbours about numerous parties taking place there, even during the coronavirus lockdown

Coco the monkey is currently being cared for by vets. It is unclear if the animal’s wounds can be healed. 

The monkey will be cared for by an NGO called ‘Pajaros Caido’ (‘Fallen Birds’) and once it has sufficiently recovered, it will be taken to the local Eco-Parque, which is a former zoo that now focuses on conservation.

Coco is suffering from muscular atrophy in all four of his limbs, which makes it difficult for him to move around and feed himself. It was also noted that the monkey was missing some teeth, including its two fangs.

Black howlers are listed as near threatened on the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species. But Infobae said that it is the most threatened primate species in Argentina and that it is critically endangered, according to the Argentine Society for the Study of Mammals.

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