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Two baby spider monkeys seized by feds in Mérida airport

Mérida, Yucatan — Federal Police report seizing two infant spider monkeys from shipment boxes in the International Airport of Mérida.

Police say the two monkeys were discovered Wednesday morning during a routine check in the parcel area of the airport. That is when they saw two wooden containers labeled for different destination cities.

According to data provided by the agency, there were two wooden boxes with perforated holes. Inside, they found two live spider monkeys with apocryphal documentation for their transfer. One monkey was destined for Monterrey and the other for Guanajuato.

Profepa was called and verified that the monkeys are listed as in Danger of Extinction in Mexico and protected under NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010. Both animals will be sent to the Mérida zoo.