Monday, October 01, 2007

Spider Monkey Enjoys Brief Escape At Dallas Zoo

monkey escapeAt least one spider monkey escaped her enclosure at the Dallas Zoo on Friday but was returned after about 20 minutes of freedom, a zoo official said.

The monkey was one of three "elderly" females with no teeth who are no longer on exhibit. Once located, the monkey took the hands of a keeper and was returned to her enclosure behind the tamarind exhibit near where she was found, said Susan Eckert, zoo spokeswoman.

Zoo officials are investigating the escape.

One of the spider monkeys never left her enclosure, one stayed right in the doorway and another roamed about 25 feet away, Eckert said.

"It wasn't really like an escape," Eckert said. "She just sort of peeped out."

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