Illegal pet lemur that bit child is sent to animal sanctuary

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 10:48 AM MDT
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An illegal pet lemur that bit a 2-year-old girl in downtown Nederland has been sent to a wildlife sanctuary in Florida.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported the primate named Oliver received a clean bill of health after he was placed on a 30-day quarantine as a precaution. He's now at the Endangered Primate Foundation, a sanctuary in Jacksonville, Florida.

The girl was not seriously injured when she was bitten at a carousel July 20.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife area manager Larry Rogstad has said the agency was aware of the lemur, and its owner had been told it was illegal.

Oliver's former owner was cited for having an aggressive animal.

Lemurs are native to Madagascar.