Monkey found in police drug raid at Burrum Heads

An emperor tamarin, similar to this one, was was destroyed for quarantine reasons after being found during a drug raid at Burrum Heads.
An emperor tamarin, similar to this one, was was destroyed for quarantine reasons after being found during a drug raid at Burrum Heads. Eric Gevaert

A MONKEY that was discovered in a police drug raid at Burrum Heads in 2013 was euthanised by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Rumours had been circulating about the discovery of an exotic animal on the Fraser Coast, with some suggestion a panther had been found, along with other animals.

But a council spokesman said no panther had been found - however an Emperor Tamarin, a small species of monkey found in the forest of South America, had been discovered last year.

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The spokesman said the animal had been found during the drug raid and had been given to the council.

A vet had identified the species of monkey and the animal was destroyed for quarantine reasons.

The council spokesman said the council had alerted veterinarians in the region, the RSPCA and the Federal Department of Agriculture.

When it came to the discovery of exotic animals in the region, the spokesman said: "(the) council considers each on a case- by-case basis".

"(The) council has no facilities to hold or care for exotic animals," he said.

While no panther was found on the Fraser Coast, a Eudlo farmer said he had twice seen one lurking near his property.

John Rourke said he didn't want to tell anyone because they would have thought he was crazy.

He first spotted the panther about 15 months ago, he said, and thought it was a black labrador.

"But it didn't travel like a black lab, and it had a tail about a metre long," Mr Rourke said.

In 2009, a large black cat was also reportedly prowling the rural suburb of Glenwood, between Maryborough and Gympie.

Pensioner Colin Rossow managed to take a plaster cast of a huge paw print near his grape trellis, inspiring other Glenwood residents to share their own close encounters with the panther-like creature.

David Nelmes, who also lived in Glenwood, said he had also seen panther-sized paw prints.

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