Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Escaped Spider Monkey Alarms Oregon Neighbors

A spider monkey escaped from its cage and terrorized residents in the town of Otis on Sunday, according to Lincoln County deputies.

Authorities said they responded to a report of a 20-pound monkey running through a neighborhood at about 4:15 p.m.

One man who lived in the area was cornered in his garage by the monkey, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the monkey belonged to Douglas Rhoton, 42, who told them that his 12-year-old monkey escaped through a small hole in its cage.

Rhoton safely recaptured his monkey in the 800 block of the North River Bend Road before deputies arrived at the scene.

Authorities said Rhoton did not have proper paperwork for a permit to keep an exotic animal.

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