Home Depot employee attacked by customer’s pet spider monkey

Home Depot employee attacked by customer’s pet spider monkey

Okeechobee, FL- A Home Depot employee was attacked by a customer’s pet spider monkey.

It happened Monday in the parking lot outside the store at 2700 Highway 441 South in Okeechobee.

Marilyn Howard said she was in the break area outside the store when she heard co-workers yelling about a monkey in the parking lot. She thought it was a joke until she saw the monkey, with its leash on, walking toward her.

Howard said she grabbed the leash and the monkey climbed onto her back and bit her twice.

Howard said the monkey got off her. Then, she was able to grab the leash and walk the monkey to the entrance of the store. When the door to the store opened, it startled the monkey and it bit her on the arm and hand.

She said the monkey also scratched her on the face.

Tina Ballard, the monkey’s owner, said she had left the monkey in her truck but it somehow managed to get out.

Howard refused treatment.

No charges have been filed and no other information is available.

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