SAO PAULO – Police say Chico the monkey has been returned to the only home it has ever known.
The tufted capuchin monkey gained fame earlier this month when Brazilian environmental officials seized it from the home of 71-year-old Elizete Carmona. The monkey lived with her for nearly 40 years.
An officer with Sao Paulo state's environmental police department says the monkey was returned late Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.
The officer says Judge Gabriela Muller Attanasio ordered the cat-sized monkey returned to its home in Sao Carlos after police took it to a protection center because of laws that restrict the keeping of wild animals as pets.
Environmental officers briefly renamed the monkey Carla after discovering it was female.