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Was TikTok Monkey Thabo Stolen From Wild Dania Beach Colony?

A TikTok well-known monkey is within the crosshairs of controversy after scientists in Florida claimed that the primate was stolen from a colony — and never rescued from a lab as his proprietor alleges.

The account, referred to as Thabo and Ray, options 31-year-old influencer Kim Raymond Feaste and his monkey, Thabo, on each day adventures within the automobile, in shops, and out in nature. The duo has garnered over 3.4 million followers and 133.1 million likes on the platform.

@thaboandray♬ strolling on a dream by empire of the solar – sophie

Feaste claims that he rescued Thabo after the monkey’s mom was killed in a Las Vegas lab. However Florida Atlantic College adjunct professor Dr. Deborah “Missy” Williams instructed native outlet the Solar Sentinel that she doesn’t assume that is the case — and now she’s taking it up with animal rights organizations within the state.

Williams is alleging that Feaste took the monkey from a colony in Dania Seashore, Florida, which is positioned close to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport. The colony has round 40 monkeys, although they don’t seem to be tracked. It is believed that infants have a 50% mortality charge. The monkeys have roamed the realm for the reason that Forties after being delivered to the state from West Africa.

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“I am involved for the welfare of the monkey as a result of I do know he is not being correctly taken care of,” Williams instructed the Solar Sentinel. “[Monkeys] want a lot of psychological enrichment, wholesome urge for food, these forms of issues. And I am involved that if he’ll have developed this sample of biting, he will likely be thought of a public hazard, which may outcome within the animal being euthanized.”

Williams says a lab wouldn’t willingly give a monkey away to samaritan, and would euthanize it as a substitute.

Williams is satisfied the monkey was taken from the Dania Seashore troop, and famend primatologist Bob Ingersoll agrees, in line with the outlet. Different specialists are divided.

Michelle Sinnott, PETA’s director of captive animal legislation enforcement, would not consider Thabo was recused from a lab or taken from the wild. She thinks he was bought from a breeder, as a substitute.

Feaste, in the meantime, vehemently denies the claims, and has fired again in a number of TikTok movies calling Williams a “stalker” and accusing her of attempting to place his and Thabo’s “security in jeopardy.”

“My monkey has been nicely taken care of,” Feaste instructed the Sentinel. “We reside in mansions and have a lot of cash and reside life.”


Debroah Missy Williams (aka Dr. Missy Williams) has been stalking me, threatening my life, swatting me, paying folks to stalk me, doxing me, slandering my title and far more. PLEASE SEND THIS TO FBI

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Williams has primarily filed complaints with police throughout the nation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee.

“Williams suggested that there are movies on the Social Media Website [TikTok] of Kim Raymond Feaste having a Inexperienced Vervet Monkey,” an October 2023 report filed with the Pulaski County, Arkansas police division states, after Williams alleged that Feaste and Thabo could be touring by way of the realm. “Williams acknowledged she believes the primate was stolen from a sanctuary in Ft Lauderdale Florida roughly 4 years in the past.”

In March, Williams emailed the Florida Wildlife Conservation clips of Thabo that she claimed got here from a personal investigator she employed to trace down Feaste and Thabo.

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The one solution to discover out Thabo’s true origin is to get his DNA examined, however it would not appear to be Feaste nor Williams will likely be ready to take action any time quickly.


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