A California man tried to fool a court commissioner into thinking he’d sent his pet marmoset south of the border by showing him a picture of the monkey next to a Mexican newspaper with red, white and green decorations in the background.
David Grigorian had been told to hand the marmoset, Cheeta, over to authorities because he didn’t have a permit for the monkey.
Grigorian was in court this week to show that the monkey was gone, but apparently his photo of the monkey next to a Mexican newspaper with Mexican decorations in the background didn’t convince Commissioner Thomas Grodin. Grigorian eventually admitted it was a ruse and agreed to hand Cheeta over to Fish and Game officials.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean