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A spider monkey belonging to a member of a Mexican drug cartel has died after a shoot-out with local police, despite wearing a bulletproof-style vest.
The bloody showdown between Police and people belonging to the La Familia Michoacana cartel ended with 11 members of the group dying. The monkey was found dead among them, with images shown online showing the primate wearing a nappy, camouflage jackets and bulletproof-style vest.
It is thought the monkey belonged to one of those killed by Police in the shoot-out, The Mexico Daily Post reported. However, it has not been confirmed if the unfortunate monkey died as a result of the shootout. A vet who specialises in monkeys is planning carry out an autopsy to help determine how the animal met its untimely end.
The local police is now considering whether to charge surviving members of the gang who were arrested with animal trafficking charges.
The raid saw five men and three women from the cartel being arrested and detained, along with a child under the age of 15. Weapons including guns, cartridges and vehicles were also seized by Police.
Exotic pets such as monkeys are often kept by Mexican drug gangs, as a symbol of their status and power – something copied from cartels operating in Columbia.
La Familia Michoacana is a long-established organised crime outfit, believed to have formed some time in the 1980s, and is based in the state of Michoacan. It is known for its production of large amounts of methamphetamine and for its violence against rivals.