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Missing Macaque Shot And Killed

Bradley’s fate revealed …

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On Memorial Day, news broke that a missing macaque in Walterboro, South Carolina – a primate which had been running wild throughout the town for nearly a week – had been “captured.”

As we reported at the time, the owner of the primate informed Colleton County animal control officials that “attempts to capture Bradley were successful.” Initial press reports suggested the animal had been safely reunited with its owner, Walterboro funeral home director Stephen Herndon.

Those reports were not accurate, however …

We began receiving word on Monday afternoon that Bradley’s “capture” was in fact something far more ominous.

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Sources familiar with the situation have confirmed Bradley was shot and killed by a Walterboro resident after the animal allegedly “threatened or attacked” the individual’s dogs. The name of the individual – and the location of the shooting – have not been released.

According to our sources, the individual who shot and killed Bradley did so because he was “fearful for the safety of his animals.”

He may have had good reason, too.

Prior to the shooting, sources familiar with the search say Bradley broke into a private residence and threatened an animal there, as well. The macaque reportedly had issue with canines, sources familiar with his prior habitat noted.

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Bradley escaped his habitat – where he had lived for the past six years – last Thursday (May 23, 2024). Herndon “immediately contacted” animal services director Laura Clark, indicating he felt he would be able to catch Bradley and bring him home using his own resources.

According to our sources, the 15-year-old animal had escaped on one prior occasion but was “almost immediately” recaptured. Sadly, that was not the case this time.

County officials said Bradley’s owner confirmed to them on Tuesday that the primate had been shot. They also said the owner confirmed to them that a second macaque living on the property had been transferred to another location.

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”Colleton County initially assisted Bradley’s owner in his search for the missing animal, however no Colleton County personnel or resources were aware of or involved in this incident,” deputy county administrator Meagan Utsey told us. “We have no information related to what happened except what the owner has shared with us.”

Japanese macaques – a.k.a. “snow monkeys” (Macaca fuscata) – are highly intelligent primates. They excel at climbing, swinging and swimming. Males average approximately 25 pounds and can live for up to thirty years.

Bradley’s escape became a social media sensation and sparked national media coverage. However, intense public interest purportedly hindered efforts to rescue him.

Count on this media outlet to provide additional updates on this developing story as they become available …

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina and before that he was a bass guitarist and dive bar bouncer. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and eight children.

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7 comments

Nanker Phelge May 29, 2024 at 12:20 pm

Kristi Noem has a summer house in Walterboro?

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Beavis May 29, 2024 at 3:23 pm

Too bad they couldn’t have just spanked Bradley, instead. That said, I do understand and condone use of deadly force in a case like this to protect yourself, family, or pets.

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Greg Westergaard May 29, 2024 at 3:29 pm

I hope this report is not true. Japanese macaques are very good-natured. This would not need to happen.

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Anonymous May 29, 2024 at 7:11 pm

Private ownership of exotic animals need to be banned worlwide. Along with South Carolinas “monkey farms” … breeding to be brutalized for “research”. South Carolina is one f–ked up state. Exotic animals attacking domesticated animals need to be killed. It is most unfortunate and the owner needs to suffer a severe penalty for lack of control of his “pet”.

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Melody Wilbanks May 30, 2024 at 3:17 pm

We have no border patrol in South Carolina. Feel free to leave at any time.

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Good May 29, 2024 at 10:18 pm

Good natured, someone has little knowledge of macaques. They are dangerous dog owner did the right thing, there are countless examples of macaques attacking and killings dogs,cats, and kids for kicks, one of the few animals that will torture or rape a creature smaller or weaker than if for fun or just the experiences. Plenty of kittens and puppies thrown out of tree for no reason other than these little sh11tz are evil. Good job on pet owner….these things shouldn’t be pets and only reason to be in the USA is for animal testing

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Deborah Butcher Top fan June 6, 2024 at 7:38 am

:(

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