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Monkey shows up on Kentucky back porch and becomes a family friend

Imagine looking out your back door in Owen County, Kentucky, and locking eyes with a Capuchin monkey on your front porch.

It happened to one man in Owenton, and his granddaughter and the lost monkey became the unlikeliest of friends.

Audrey Lewis, the granddaughter, told WKYT, “I was sitting at home with my dad and my grandfather calls him and says I’m not sure how to tell you this but there’s a monkey on my porch… we both just start laughing with each other like okay whatever you say go put your glasses on. We thought he was joking with us or something.”

Normally found in tropical forests in Central America and South America, not in Owenton, Kentucky, the monkey was eventually handed over to officers from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife who took the monkey to a rescue center. (It is illegal to keep a pet monkey in Kentucky, you know.) They will try to find how it got to the area.

Former KSR star Hayley Minogue has more on the story for WHAS in Louisville:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Monkey shows up on Kentucky back porch and becomes a family friend



  1. yoshukai
    10:46 am March 29, 2021 Permalink


  2. yoshukai
    10:51 am March 29, 2021 Permalink

    Back in the 90’s a co-worker of mine that lived in Mercer County walked out on his back porch and there was a full grown mountain lion lying on his outdoor couch . It was wearing a collar and was completely tame . He called the police and they put it into the back of their cruiser and drove off . Owner was never found.



  3. AirForceOne
    10:55 am March 29, 2021 Permalink

    Looks just like the monkey from “Outbreak”. Where is Dustin and Cuba when you need them?



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:53 pm March 29, 2021 Permalink

      Came to ask if anyone had seen Outbreak.



  4. chrisblue
    1:04 pm March 29, 2021 Permalink

    Find out if he’s officially in the transfer portal. Still looking for our point guard for next season.



  5. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    3:29 pm March 29, 2021 Permalink

    Ryan Lemond needs a pet monkey rather than a dog



  6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:29 pm March 29, 2021 Permalink

    My how times have changed. I remember monkeys being sold as pets in at least 1 downtown Lexington store when I was a kid. One pulled my sister’s hair when she got close to the cage. lol