Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Biting Monkey Ordered Out Of Madison

A monkey that has bitten at least two people in recent months is getting its marching orders.

"We ended up declaring the monkey dangerous because of the number of bites, " said Doug Voegeli, Madison Environmental Health Services supervisor. "We have ordered it out of the city."

Suri, a 1-year-old capuchin monkey, gained a lot of attention last Wednesday after he bit a 21-year-old woman on the thumb around 1 a.m. at the State Street Brats beer garden. It took police until 2 p.m. Wednesday to corral the animal.

Suri is in quarantine at the Dane County Humane Society, where he will remain until Saturday so officials can monitor him for disease. He was earlier placed in home quarantine after biting someone on July 11, and there was another unconfirmed report of him biting someone on May 19.

Suri's owner, Hyacinth Kustin, told police that Suri was a service animal, but it was unclear what services he performed. Kustin could not be reached by phone this morning for comment.

Suri is being booted from the city under Madison regulations, Voegeli said, but he added that, if necessary, officials would likely eject him from the entire county under county ordinances.

Voegeli said Suri will have to leave town immediately upon his release from quarantine.

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