South East Wales

Newport street monkey found in 'appalling state'

Marmoset monkey Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The cause of the monkey's injuries are unclear

A marmoset monkey had to be put down after it was found in an "appalling condition" on a street in Newport.

A member of the public came across it on James Street on Sunday and reported it to the RSPCA.

A vet found the monkey to be very thin with a fractured pelvis and wounds on its tail.

The RSPCA has already called on the Welsh Government for a ban on keeping primates as pets.

Annie James, an animal collection officer with the charity, said: "It broke my heart to see him in such a sad state."

No licence is required to keep a marmoset, but the RSPCA said the animals' complex needs were almost impossible to meet in a domestic environment.

In 2015, the charity received more calls about primates being traded or kept as pets in Wales than in any of the previous 11 years.

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