Border Patrol Agents Rescue 7 Spider Monkeys from Migrant’s Backpack

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents in Texas made a surprising discovery after they made an arrest at a crossing from Mexico to the U.S. 

Inside the unidentified migrant’s black backpack were seven spider monkeys, which are considered critically endangered and among the 25 most threatened primates in the world, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society

Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector posted a 25-second video on Facebook of the monkey inside the bag. 

“Extremely proud of our agents for stopping this wildlife smuggling attempt of these critically endangered animals!” the Facebook post reads. 

The monkeys were turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The agency didn’t release any information on the monkeys’ condition. 

Spider monkey are indigenous to central Mexico and Bolivia. 

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