Man tries to steal monkey from zoo to impress girlfriend

Love makes us do stupid and sometimes crazy things...enter John Owen Casford, who is facing charges and is recovering from multiple injuries after breaking into the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand trying to steal one of their squirrel monkeys. For his girlfriend.

Casford was left bruised up with a broken leg, two broken teeth, a sprained ankle after reportedly entering the squirrel monkey enclosure “high as a kite” trying to steal the critter. An injured female monkey was later found hiding frightened in a cage after zoo staff couldn’t find her and presumed she was stolen. The rest of the monkeys weren’t very happy, either – some of them were injured while others just distressed.

It’s still unclear how he was injured during the monkey-theft debacle. Either way, the man has been sentenced to two years and seven months in prison after admitting to the attempted robbery and pleading guilty to multiple charges. But not all the charges were from that night, his sentencing was combined with other violent offenses he committed over the summer.

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