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Pet lemur bites Gilbert boy to the bone

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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 5:25 pm | Updated: 10:22 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A three-year-old Gilbert boy was bitten on his wrist, possibly down to his bone, Friday afternoon by his family’s pet primate.

The boy, whose name was not released, is expected to survive. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, said Gilbert fire Capt. Mike Palmatier.

The family, who lives in the 2600 block of east Via de Palma, wouldn’t tell emergency crews where they got the animal.

They described it as a brown lemur, Palmatier said. “They were talking about starting a petting zoo,” he said.

Lemurs look similar and are in the same family as monkeys. Palmatier said the family told the emergency responders they got the animal about two weeks ago.

The crew that responded said the bite was pretty bad.

“They believe it’s down to the bone from what they can see,” Palmatier said.

He was unsure whether the boy would be examined for rabies or other diseases.

“I’m not really sure how they handle a monkey bite,” Palmatier said.

The family, Palmatier said, told crews the animal has a clean bill of health.

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