Monkey missing after fire rips through exotic animal sanctuary

An Adams County woman is searching for her monkey after a weekend fire destroyed part of the exotic animal sanctuary she founded. Sue Murray and her Capuchin monkey Bug have been inseparable for the last 12 years. “He’s like my third son” said Murray who is the founder of East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Fairfield.

Both Bug’s parents were lab monkeys and Bug may have shared that fate if it wasn’t for Sue rescuing him. On Saturday her animal sanctuary caught fire and Bug got loose. “That’s the only concern, I don’t care about a building. We’re used to making due with nothing, it doesn’t matter. I just need him back” said Murray.

Murray believes that Bug is somewhere on the hill behind her house. He’s not your typical monkey. Some of his favorite foods are Twizzlers and marshmallows and Murray has been leaving them out for him trying to get him to return. Unfortunately he hasn’t shown up. Murray is organizing a search for him and is willing to try anything. “There will be people that he knows up this way to see if that will get him to come too. I mean we have a call out for blood hounds, a psychic. I don’t care. I’ll do anything. I just want him back” said Murray. She said she won’t stop searching until they find him.

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