What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

A Neighbor Named Quincy

Quincy was a Spider Monkey that lived in a cage in the South Texas backyard of my neighbor. He was not happy in the cage. He was not happy when he was in a cage inside the neighbor's house either and one day when the woman came outside and opened the door of his cage to feed him, Quincy ran away and came over to my family's house and started trying to have sex with the Crepe Myrtle bush by the kitchen door. Sometimes he tried to have sex with the cats too but mostly Quincy sat in the Crepe Myrtle bush and looked at us as we lived our regular lives in the house. My mother would give him food but she never tried to re-capture him even though the neighbor insisted that she do so.

Even in South Texas, the winters could be harsh, at least for Spider Monkeys, so my mother cashed in on Quincy's trust and captured him and, with a rancher's permission, took him to a ranch and let him go. The rancher said that Quincy stayed close to the cattle while they grazed and at night, when they bedded down, he positioned himself between their bodies to stay warm. We all missed Quincy. I don't know about the cats.


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