Only in Virginia….
Authorities said a woman entered the Amherst County Courthouse on Thursday morning with a tiny monkey tucked into her bra, dressed in diapers and a pink and white dress.
The unusual event occurred when the woman arrived for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations court.
Officials said they had no idea the woman had the monkey until the she went into an office for a routine procedure to fill out court-related paperwork.
When the woman referred to a daughter, a puzzled official asked where the daughter was and the woman pulled the monkey out of her bra.
Officials confirmed the incident, from the commonwealth’s attorney, Stephanie Maddox, to deputies who were working in the courthouse. They did not identify the woman.
“You couldn’t make up something like this,” Maddox said.
But it was no big deal, the woman said later, because her tiny marmoset turns seven weeks old today and is, in the parlance of monkeys, an infant who needs constant attention.
“I can’t understand why the deputy didn’t see her — she was peeking out” from the cleavage of her blouse, she said.
The woman contacted The News & Advance late Thursday afternoon after seeing a story about the monkey online. She wanted to explain why she took the creature, named Cara, into the courthouse. The woman’s identity is being withheld for family reasons.