Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Fair monkey busted for biting kid

Visitors to the North Dakota State Fair who had read a story about Leroy, the Monkey on the Midway, appearing in Wednesday’s edition of The Minot Daily News may have been surprised they were unable to find Leroy at the fair.

At the time the article was written, The Daily News was unaware of an alleged incident that apparently took place Monday, July 24 at the fair.

Capt. Todd Keller of the Ward County Sheriff’s Department said that on July 25, the same day Leroy and his owner, Kelly Payne of Doniphan, Mo., were interviewed for the newspaper article, Leroy was impounded and quarantined after the monkey allegedly bit a child after the child apparently tried to pick up the 9-year-old capuchin monkey.

Keller said Leroy doesn’t have any teeth.

Keller also said the deputy who investigated the incident immediately after it happened, didn’t think the bite broke the skin. However, the child was taken to an emergency room after returning home to Minnesota with his family.

Story here.

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