A 3ft pet monkey who dressed as Santa, wore diapers and played with his family’s children has been shot dead after the creature ‘flipped out’ and attacked his owner, ripping apart his hand.

JayJay the Macaque monkey unleashed his attack after escaping his home in Okeechobee, Florida and evading capture by his owner, Jimmy Schwall, who tried to catch him in a net.

The monkey wriggled free and clamped down on Schwall’s buttocks and thigh and tore apart his right hand. A friend grabbed a gun and Schwall told him to shoot, killing the monkey.

Loved: Mona and Jimmy Schwall with JayJay the Macaque monkey, left, and Bratt the marmoset monkey. JayJay, whom the family had had for nine years, was shot dead after he attacked Jimmy

The bite was so deep that Schwall suffered seven injured tendons and one injured nerve, and has had to undergo two three-hour surgeries on his hand, he told MailOnline. He had around 200 stitches and must take pills for two weeks to keep infections at bay.

The attack shocked his owners, Jimmy and his wife Mona, who welcomed JayJay into their family when he was just three weeks old. He was nine when he died.

They kept the pet in a large enclosure in their yard, dressed him in costumes and clothes, placed him in diapers and let him play with their children in the pool.

‘He was very much part of the family,’ Mona told MailOnline. ‘Me and my husband didn’t have children together and he was basically our child. He was very much loved and he is very missed.’

The family would dress him up as a pumpkin or bumblebee so he could go trick-or-treating at Halloween. He would squeeze into clothes for children aged 12 to 18 months, Mona laughed.

‘In all the time we had him, he never even so much as knocked a thing over in the house. He didn’t even pull down the Christmas tree. We’d dress him as Santa and he’d open his presents – and ours.’

Her husband, who is recovering at home, said it had been heartbreaking to lose JayJay.

‘We’re just upset,‘ Jimmy Schwall said. ‘We were discussing which urn to put his ashes in and it was really hard. We really miss him.’

Schwall, who still faces rehabilitation to regain use of his hand, said he had no regrets about keeping the monkey, who he claims just ‘flipped out’ after he tried to use a net to catch him.

And he maintained he would keep all the remaining animals at his five-acre ranch, including a Marmoset monkey named Bratt, llamas, miniature horses, chickens and dogs.

Schwall escaped further injury as the monkey did was not carrying any viruses – but his wounds still proved a challenge for doctors at Martin Memorial Hospital.

‘I’ve seen dogs bites, cat bites, an occasional snake bite, human bites, but I’ve never had a monkey bite,’ plastic surgeon Avron Lipschitz told the Palm Beach Post. ‘I feel like my physical repertoire has expanded.’

Keeping exotic pets in Florida is not unusual as it only requires a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission license. The Schwalls bought JayJay from a breeder nine years ago.

But experts have warned that the incident, which took place on August 15, is just a latest in a string of attacks that proves the dangers of keeping wild animals.

‘Anybody that keeps a monkey is going to get bit,’ said Lion Country Safari wildlife director Terry Wolf. ‘I haven’t heard of a monkey that wouldn’t bite somebody.

‘The baby grows up and becomes an adult, the adult resents confinement. You can not change a monkey into something it’s not.’

It came a week after a man from Port St. Lucie was riding a motorcycle with his pet Marmoset when he crashed, and the animal bit the finger of a fire rescue chief.


JayJay, who measured three-feet tall and weighed 26 pounds, was a Macaque monkey, which are native to Asia and Northern Africa. They are also found in numerous zoos, kept as pets and are often used for medical research.

They are heavily-built creatures and feast on bamboo, fruit, insects and leaves in the wild.

They have strong social hierarchies, allowing the higher-level creatures to pinch resources the lower-level monkeys have collected.

More than three quarters of macaques kept in captivity in zoos or as pets are carriers of the herpes B virus, which is harmless to the monkeys. While infections in humans are rare they can be fatal, which makes macaques unsuitable as pets.

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