Monday, June 16, 2008

Monkey Uses Garden Hose To Scale Moat, Makes Brief Escape

MacGyver's got nothing on this monkey.

A spider monkey new to the city's Washington Park Zoo used a garden hose to scale the walls of a moat and make a break for freedom.

Workers were cleaning the moat at the time Wednesday. Zoo Director Johnny Martinez says workers had figured the monkeys would remain inside their enclosure during the cleaning even though the moat was empty of water.

However, one monkey made it past the moat, grabbed the hose and jumped onto the roof of a water filtration plant.

The zoo staff recaptured the adventurous monkey at a nearby boat dealership, where they found it perched atop a white and blue speedboat.

Martinez says the freedom-seeking monkey is sociable and was not any danger to people.

Story here.

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