Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A Johannesburg monkey escapes

The Johannesburg Zoo's "Zoo to You" programme came to the people, but not the way zookeepers intended.

For more than two hours, Johannesburg's Jan Smuts Avenue was closed to traffic to allow emergency services to capture a monkey that had escaped from the zoo on Tuesday.

A zookeeper noticed one of their seven mona monkeys was missing from the cage when he made his daily check.

On further inspection, zoo staff spotted the German-born monkey lurking just outside its cage, tried to catch it but it proved much too elusive for them.

After leading the keepers a merry dance around the zoo, the monkey scaled a perimeter wall and nipped over Jan Smuts Avenue, disappearing up a tree in Parkview.

Story here.

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