Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Monkey Briefly Escapes From Enclosure At Omaha Zoo

A monkey got loose Tuesday inside the Lied Jungle at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, leading zookeepers on a brief chase before jumping back onto the island.

Workers closed the building during the incident, and the monkey, a Francois' langur, never got outside, said Danny Morris, the zoo's assistant director.

He said no one was in danger.

"We have a series of little islands inside the jungle. When we put new monkeys out there, normally they stay on all the time," Morris said. "Sometimes when you put a new group out, you'll get one who will figure out how to jump out."

Morris said the escaped monkey, which weighs about 10 pounds, and the two other Francois' langurs on the island were placed inside a holding area after the escapee returned to the island. The three monkeys probably will be brought back out this morning, Morris said.

When the jungle first opened in 1992, Morris said, monkeys figured out how to climb off the islands by grasping the ceiling beams. Zoo workers put flashing on the beams to block those routes, he said.

"It was kind of like a huge game to begin with," he said.

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