Why? Exotic animal smuggling.
Mr. Peebles agreed to import an endangered mountain gorilla for some super-wealthy guy, but the buyer backed out at the last minute to spend his money on Olympic dressage horses, sticking Peebles with the inventory.
BTW, it just occurred to me that if Caesar was purple, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes would be a Magilla Gorilla reboot.
I confess that in my youth, Magilla Gorilla was pretty near my favorite cartoon series ever. I also had an unaccountable fondness for Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. All I can say now is I’m very, very sorry. And I remember way too much of Deputy Dawg, as does everyone, including those who remember nothing of him.