Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Missing monkey found, returned to Ontario zoo

escape monkeyPicton residents cautiously unshuttered their windows and unbolted their doors after a 20-pound Japanese snow monkey was successfully sedated by police and returned to his home at a roadside zoo.

A neighbour spotted the animal, which was taken down by police with a tranquillizer dart about half a kilometer from his cage.

The Japanese macaque was first noticed missing from Bergeron's Exotic Animal Sanctuary on Sunday morning. Police immediately began an intensive monkey-hunt, with officers conducting a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse in the area. Authorities also issued a description of the small red-faced primate so that it wouldn’t be mistaken for one of the species of monkey native to Eastern Ontario.

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