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Woman goes to court with a monkey in her bra

Woman goes to court with a monkey in her bra
Woman goes to court with this tiny monkey in bra The Linchberg News & Advance

Babies need constant attention - especially when they're monkeys. That's probably why a Virginia woman went to court with an infant monkey stuffed in her bra.

The woman showed up for a hearing Thursday at a rural Virginia courthouse with the marmoset concealed in her mammaries.

The woman brought along the palm-sized marmoset to a proceeding in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Amherst County, Va. Apparently, officials actually didn't notice the clinging creature until the woman went to an office to do some paperwork.

"I can't understand why the deputy didn't see her - she was peeking out," the woman told The Lynchburg News & Advance.

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, the newspaper reported.

In an interview with the newspaper, the woman said the marmoset, named Cara, is 7 weeks old and requires constant attention.

"When you first get them, they're just like a preemie," the woman told the paper. "She's just like a baby, she's starting to teethe. I mean, caring for them is just like caring for a human."

The woman said she bought the animal on an online auction site and had its clothes specially made. Little Cara wore a pink and white dress on her day in court.

The woman's identity is being withheld for "family reasons," according to the News & Advance.

Asked who let the marmoset through the metal detector, deputies quipped: "It wasn't armed."