A bloody shootout has seen 11 cartel members killed – as well as the pet monkey of one of the gang members.
The monkey’s owner was among the dead, with the pet – who was wearing a tiny bulletproof vest and camouflage jacket – lying on his chest.
The owner was a young man in his 20s who was said to be part of Mexico ‘s infamous criminal group La Familia Michoacana.
Since the deaths, a bizarre emotional tribute to the monkey is being shared on social media. It says the animal was called “El Changuito” and was born last year.
It says: “It wasn’t your turn, friend. Rest in peace.” Posted by Abdul