Monkey Goes Bananas
Escaped primate bit woman during rampage.
A family in Oneida Castle, New York had quite a scare this week when an escaped monkey ran into their yard.
Nick Fedchenko says his wife, Amy, and their 2-year-old son were in the backyard when a monkey jumped onto Amy's arm.
When Amy tried to fend off the monkey, it bit her finger.
Amy Fedchenko then grabbed her son and ran inside.
The monkey clawed at the door.
"You could see there was blood on its teeth, and it was just screeching and screaming," Nick Fedchenko says. "My wife was screaming, 'I've been attacked, and I've been bitten. Help!'"
By the time police got to the scene the monkey was on the roof.
The monkey's owner soon arrived and was able to calm it down.
"It's certainly unusual in Upstate New York," says Capt. Francis Coots, of the New York State Police. "It's not unusual to see wild animals, but seeing a monkey, I think, would be unusual."
Capt. Coots says the state police have finished their investigation and no charges were filed.
He says the monkey's owner was able to produce a license and proof of the monkey's rabies shots.
Still, Fedchenko says he is keeping a close eye on his wife's health, just in case.
He says he never expected this to happen at his house, which he moved into just a week and a half ago.
"We purchased it so our 2-year-old son would have a place to play, and our dog could run around," he says. "Now, she's worried about our son in his brand new backyard."
As for the monkey, Fedchenko says he's heard it has been euthanized.