Dallas Bryant was living the good life.
He spent most of his days lounging around a spacious home in DeSoto, and he even got to visit the Dallas Cowboys football team at their practice facility in Irving. Once, after an Instagram photo showed him curled up in a blanket, Dallas went viral.
Now, apparently, he’s just a monkey living in the country.
Dez Bryant, the Cowboys’ All-Pro wide receiver, told the Bob and Dan radio show on The Ticket on Thursday that he had to part with Dallas, the Capuchin monkey and subject of a brief police investigation last year after an animal rights group complained that Bryant’s owning an exotic animal was illegal.
Little Dallas, whom Bryant said he bought in South Florida, is now living in a rural area with one of Bryant’s friends, he said. He didn’t identify the friend. Bryant said he still visits the monkey, and Dallas even recognizes his former owner.
“Does he throw up the X?” one of the radio hosts asked, referring to Bryant’s signature touchdown celebration move.
“I wish,” Bryant said.
The mini-controversy over the monkey started in October, when Bryant posted a photo of Dallas to Instagram.
“My new best friend,” Bryant captioned the picture, which now has nearly 60,000 likes.
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was not amused.
In a statement at the time, a PETA spokeswoman said: “Monkeys belong in the wild — not in the hands of football players who acquire exotic animals just to make a splash on Instagram.”
The group requested a police investigation, but nothing came of it.
By the time police looked into the matter, Dallas was out of town, a DeSoto spokesman said at the time.
At Bryant’s home last year, Dallas “got A-1 treatment,” Bryant told the radio show.
“He was one of us,” Bryant said. “The monkey was one of us.”
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