The City of Terrell Is Evicting An Adorable Monkey

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Operation Team Tyler via Facebook
On March 24, Cheryl Blasius was stopped cold at her front door. Hanging from the doorknob was a notice from Terrell's animal control department:

Got complaint you own a monkey. You cannot have a monkey in Terrell. 10 days to remove of you will recieve (sic) citations for keeping an exotic animal.

That's true. Blasius does own a monkey, a capuchin by the looks of him, and has for the past 20 years. His name is Tyler.

It's also true that keeping a monkey in Terrell is illegal. See city ordinance 2321:

It shall be unlawful to harbor, keep or maintain any wild or exotic animals within the city limits including, but not limited to, poisonous reptiles, bats, skunks, coyotes, foxes, wolves, alligators, lions, tigers, leopards, and monkeys. Further, the chief of police or his designated representative within the police department may declare any species of animal not listed in this section as "prohibited" if the confinement of the animal within the city can be shown to constitute a threat to public health and safety. The city council, however, may grant exceptions from time to time, such as for special events.

But justice? That's a different matter. Though the city has allowed him to stay beyond the 10-day window, and despite his undeniable cuteness, Terrell officials are still pushing for his expulsion. They've offered to grandfather him in but know full well that Tyler was living just outside Terrell city limits when the exotic-animal was passed in 2004 and therefore not eligible for exemption from the law.

Blasius, meanwhile, is marshaling forces for a protest, launching a "Save Tyler" Facebook page that led to an interview last night with WFAA.

Judging by the many supportive Facebook comments, the Internet at least is on her side:

The city of Terrell is full of monkeys! At least this one is cute and adorable. What about the dangerous dog that lived next door to my mom and bit someone on her property?! They don't do a thing about it.
OMG he's cute. I used to want a monkey growing up. How long have you had him and why does Terrell want you to get rid of him.
If people didn't care for these lovable creatures, their habitat is being demolished at alarming rates. Why don't people worry more about child molesters, killers and drug addicts and leave this family pet alone.
Looks like my cousins, uncles, brothers, sisters, grandmas, great aunt, lol

Surely, Terrell bureaucrats won't be able to withstand such forceful protests for long.

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casiepierce
casiepierce

Everyone reading this needs to run out a get a copy of this month's National Geographic featuring this very subject.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

"Friggin' Homo Sapiens!  I am just about ready to open a can of Woopass on every one of you."

kduble
kduble

When I was a kid growing up in Ridglea Hills in west Fort Worth, our dentist lived one street over. His back yard backed up to the house next door to us, and they had a monkey. The critter would play in trees in their back yard, but he tended to stay close to home. It was a non-issue.


It's funny how times were different then. We didn't have all of these fanatical small-government people who were nonetheless out to control how their neighbors lived.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The belligerent look on that face is priceless.

Looks like he just about had a gutfull of humanity.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

"lets get down to brass tacks, how much for the ape?"

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

"The city of Terrell is full of monkeys! At least this one is cute and adorable" WHOAH WHOAH WHOAH ...my Dick Van Dyke racism alarm is going crazy

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Back in '98, our photo studio had a grand opening with two bands, booze aplenty, and about 300 people, including a lot of cowboys, Stars players, etc. wandering through the crowd were fortune talkers, belly dancers, a gator, and a lady with one of these monos, who was doing tricks and handing out kisses. My wife wanted me to kiss the little thing, and the bastard rammed his (her?) 3-foot- long tongue down my throat.

I have to hawk a lugie every time I think about it.

Threeboys
Threeboys

It's people who own monkeys as pets that make me feel much, much better about myself.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Those adorable critters are just the most precious little love bugs until they wreck your house and tear your face off.

JSSS
JSSS

Poisonous reptiles: check. Bats: tend to freak people out, check. Skunks: check. Coyotes: check. Foxes: check. Wolves: check. Alligators: check. Lions: check. Tigers: check. Leopards: check. Monkeys: wtf?  Is this one of this "pick which one is not like the others" quiz?

MarkO
MarkO

More disturbing, the giant green penis the monkey is forced to play with.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

That's not a capuchin.

That guy's from Lamar County.  They all look like that.  

a bunch of unhappy people.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

do you have a license for your minky?

dallasdem
dallasdem

My grandparents, who lived in Mineral Wells back in the 60s, had a pet woolly monkey named Tony. When my grandmother returned from grocery shopping, Tony would go through the (paper) bags, looking for his bananas and other treats.

eatmy.peaches
eatmy.peaches

@kduble Yeah.  I know what you mean.  Something about, the way people managed to MIND THEIR OWN DAMN BUSINESS, or something like that. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

I picked up this chick in a bar who did the same thing.

turned out to be a guy.

kduble
kduble

@TheRuddSki At least it wouldn't kill you like a pit bull might. Shouldn't people be able to decide such matters for themselves if the critter isn't threatening the neighbors?

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@TheRuddSki  I believe the animal that tore the woman's face of was a chip, not a monkey.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JSSS

Back in Florida in the 60's we'd buy adorable baby gators for a buck. You'd keep them for a bit, then let them go in any local pond. Not exactly something to cuddle with at any age though. I think they eventually outlawed pet gators, for some odd reason.

wilme2
wilme2

@JSSS  I agree...  Just change the law and be done with it...

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

Trying to spark jealousy in some of the regulars here?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CitizenKim

Eric Estrada?

Monkey, chimp, simian, ape, Mike Tyson, they all bite.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Note that my comment is not in reply to your video post, then put on your thinking cap.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Why do you think holman and I hit each other's "like" buttons so much?

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@everlastingphelps @TheRuddSki I know guys it is sometimes hard for some of us to distinguish between a woman, a monkey and a man.   Yet as that great white philosopher Stephen Stills once said...If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one your with. ...........Love the one your with.   Be that Andy, Chimpy or Myrna. 


What ever flips your pancake.. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Man, the clever wit is simply awesome here today.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I'll be here all week, or at least until the purge.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

The headline made me immediately think of you, until I recalled that you live in Dallas.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

What's with the "d"?

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