DAVIS – The death of a monkey found in a research lab hanging from a light fixture with a bungee cord wrapped around its neck has been ruled a suicide.
“Our preliminary investigation has determined that Jojo killed himself,” said Sgt. Helen Smedby of the U.C. Davis Police Department.
“Why would a monkey commit suicide?” asked animal rights advocate Jason Dante. “This monkey didn’t die by his own paw. This wasn’t the result of auto erotic asphyxiation gone wrong. This monkey was killed because of what he knew.”
“What can a monkey know?” asked UCD Primate Researcher Center Director Hans Gruber. “They know lots of things. They know bananas taste good. They know they like to throw their poo. But they don’t know anything that could get them killed. We’re talking about monkeys here. They aren’t subject to depression or ennui,” Gruber added.
Jojo was described by those who knew him as a loner who kept to himself.