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ARANSAS PASS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A South Texas police officer had to deal with some unexpected ‘monkey business’ as he wrote a speeding ticket.

A pet monkey nipped Aransas Pass Officer Keith Moore on the hand in an attack captured on videotape.

The Aransas Pass Police Department released video of the traffic stop taken from a camera on the officer’s sunglasses.

Moore is seen talking with and getting information from a driver who mentions to the officer that he is “on the road all the time” with his monkey, who is yet to be seen. Then as the officer reaches into the vehicle to hand the driver something to sign, the monkey leaps from the back seat, bares its teeth and bites the officer’s right hand.

When Moore heads back to the patrol vehicle he’s heard telling his partner, “His monkey attacked me! He’s got a monkey and it attacked my hand. I’m not even kidding!”

Moore says the monkey “came out of nowhere” during Wednesday’s incident. The bite left a mark, but the 21-year-old officer wasn’t hurt otherwise.

When Officer Moore heads back to give the driver his paper citation he told the man, “I don’t want your monkey to come get me,” before again reaching in the vehicle to hand him something.

The trained monkey makes appearances at carnivals and other entertainment events.

Aransas Pass is in south Texas, about 375 miles from Dallas.

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