Sometime last Tuesday night at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, a heinous crime was committed. It was a murder-kidnapping, in which a 17-year-old female was carried off, and it seems probable that her male partner died defending her.
Judging by the reactions to this crime, it was made no less poignant by the fact that the victims were spider monkeys.
Because spider monkeys are rare, it’s probable that the kidnapped female (named Mia) could be sold for a large amount on the black market. In fact, that’s probably what inspired this crime. That people would be willing to sacrifice such a desperately scarce animal (when it’s gone, it’s gone forever) for such short-term gain is a sad reflection on the priorities within civilized countries.