"Hi," read the email sent to Kari Bagnall, out of the blue. "I came across ur website and wanted to find out if you take in monkeys."
The email's sender - identified simply as "D" - told Bagnall she had recently come across a pet carrier dumped by the side of a highway. She checked inside and found a young capuchin monkey who was missing all his teeth and also a good portion of his fur.
He "was very frightened and bleeding everywhere," read the email. "I don't want to put him somewhere where they will just put him to sleep."
Bagnall was the right person to contact, as the founder of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, a Florida organization that does take in monkeys (though she would prefer more states to ban the keeping of pet monkeys, so there'd be fewer to take in).
Jungle Friends is currently home to 302 monkeys, who arrived in a variety of grim ways.
Some were abandoned at the sanctuary's gate, while others were former pets or performers. One group of monkeys had been retired from laboratory research after being used to test cocaine and ecstasy, among other things.
"A number of monkeys were found running loose from a variety of places," Bagnall told The Dodo, "from running down the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago to the Louisiana Bayou."
The monkey found in the pet carrier isn't the first to come to Jungle Friends toothless either, since removing teeth is a cruel but standard practice for monkeys used as pets, for entertainment and even as so-called helper monkeys.
But this one's still unusual. "This is the first rest stop monkey," Bagnall said.