Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monkey Returned Safely to Zoo After Theft

squirrel monkeyA stolen squirrel monkey is back safe at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo in Monroe, and a 22-year-old man has been accused of stealing it.

Monroe Police Maj. Don Bartley says Cody L. Savell of West Monroe was arrested Wednesday, July 22, 2009 on a simple burglary charge.

The monkey was recovered in West Monroe on Tuesday, exactly a week after the locks on its cage were broken and the female monkey taken. The monkey's brother was found near its cage.

Zoo director Joe Clawson says many people want monkeys as pets, but monkeys have never been successfully domesticated.

He said it was the first time an animal has been stolen from the zoo.

Full story here.

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