Monkey slave rescued after being seen ‘doing dishes’ and ‘sharpening knife’

A domesticated monkey has been rescued by authorities who think it's the same animal that terrorised a neighbourhood where he was spotted sharpening knives.

The capuchin monkey was rescued from Serra Negra Farm, a rural area in Aroazes, Brazil last Friday (December 9) after locals voiced concerns about a monkey interacting with them who showed similar behaviours to the infamous monkey Chico.

Rescuers took the animal to Teresina Zoo and Botanical Park, where they have been working on confirming his identity.

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The trained monkey is also receiving medical treatment from a team of veterinarians from the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, reports Brazilian news agency Metrópoles.

Chico is a monkey who caused chaos in the city of Corrente, 530 miles away from Aroazes.

He went viral on social media back in June after locals shot a video of him sharpening a knife that he wouldn't put down.

He is also reported to have been stealing people's clothes and was spotted washing dishes.

Eventually, the mischievous monkey was captured and microchipped before being released back into the wild in a forest.

But employees at the Aroazes Department of the Environment, as well as locals to the region, believe that the monkey they've recently rescued is Chico, due to his similar domesticated behaviours as well as Aroazes being close to where he was released earlier this year.

On Saturday (December 10) veterinarians at the Wild Animal Screening Center (CETAS) of the Zoobotanic Biopark of Teresina identified the number of the microchip on the monkey they captured.

With this number, they'll now be able to confirm whether the monkey really is Chico.

Veterinarian Alexandre Clark explained how the procedure is done, he told local news outlet G1: “It's simple, take the device – which is a microchip reader -, hold the animal and pass the device on its back, where the microchip was inserted between the shoulder blades. Then the reader will identify the number of the microchip.

"Now all you have to do is compare it with the number that is with IBAMA to identify him, see if he really is Chico."

The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Water Resources is expected to confirm the monkey's identity but has not announced the results yet.

If the monkey is not Chico then it may be able to go through the rehabilitation process and be returned to the wild.

But if authorities discover that they have been called to capture troublesome Chico for a second time, then biologists will have to evaluate whether it would be better to have him adopted.


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