A little monkey that made a big escape from Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo early Sunday was spotted yesterday for the first time in at least two days.
The 20-pound macaque named Oops was seen eating leaves on a wooded slope behind a hospital, but she once again eluded searchers who spent nearly 90 minutes looking for her amid the thick kudzu behind Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a half mile down the face of Mill Mountain from the zoo.
Sean Greene, the zoo's director, said he was told a patient alerted the hospital to the monkey's presence by making monkey gestures. The patient apparently was unable to speak, Greene said.
Later, a patient on the hospital's 10th floor saw the monkey and told a nurse. A hospital police officer said patients, nurses and doctors watched the monkey for up to 30 minutes before calling police. Police then called animal-control officers who called zoo officials.