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Knife-wielding monkey goes on rum-fueled rampage through Brazilian bar

Monkeys just want to have fun — and brandish dangerous weapons.

At least that’s what a group of bar patrons in Patos, Brazil, learned earlier this month, when a capuchin monkey ambled inside and proceeded to sample leftover rum on the tables, UPI and the Brazilian news website aRede reported.

After the long-tailed creature had guzzled its fill, it somehow came into possession of a kitchen knife almost as long as its body. With the powerful weapon in hand, it began chasing the men in the establishment; according to local fire Lt. Col. Saul Laurentino, it left the women alone.

‘‘It was a bar staff oversight that ended with the monkey drinking some rum and taking the knife,’’ Laurentino told aRede.


Video footage captured on the scene shows the monkey on a roof with the knife, indiscriminately stabbing at shingles.

UPI reported that firefighters were able to capture the monkey and release it back into the wild. Its antics soon attracted attention and alarm a second time, however, when residents living near the woods reported that it was behaving aggressively towards them.

Local authorities are now in the process of determining whether the monkey should be permanently kept in captivity.