For a few tense and worrisome days last week, much of the county was mesmerized by the story of Lilly, a 1-year-old capuchin monkey who was on the loose in Galveston.

Each day, the plot thickened. Did Lilly escape her Galveston home when it was burglarized? Or was she the target of the burglary? Was she dead and buried, as early reports indicated? Or was she alive and kicking and running wild in the streets?

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227;

Deputy Managing Editor

Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Robert Braeking

It would seem that the same mentality that demands students cut their hair short is pervasive within Galveston city government. The capuchin monkey is also known as the 'organ grinder monkey'. It has been domesticated for many years. It is also used as a service animal for immobile patients. Perhaps the unwarranted fears of city government should also extend to dogs and cats because sometimes they become feral and pose a danger to the community. What is more dangerous, a 5# monkey or a 100# dog?

Kelly Naschke

Another liberal transplant that wants to change Texas....

Cary Semar

Welcome to Texas, Margaret. The name of the state derives from a Caddo Indian word "Tejas" or "Taysha" which means "friend."

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Margaret Gardner

Thank you, Cary

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