Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monkey Goes On The Run Again From Willowbank

minty the monkeyA recidivist runaway monkey has wound up outside Christchurch's Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for the second time in a year.

Minty, a female capuchin monkey, made an unfortunate series of errors on Saturday night, resulting in an adventure outside the Monkey Island enclosure.

She has been spotted daily in a thicket of trees near the park.

However, rangers plan to bide their time to ensure a calm capture, rather than panic Minty into running further afield.

Reserve manager Jeremy Maguire said the escape was probably the result of a "not very bright monkey" rather than a calculated breakaway.

"We think she's fallen into the moat (around the Monkey Island enclosure) and swum the wrong way," he said. "Then she's climbed the electric fence and got a shock which swung her up and over. I don't think she's actively tried to get out.

"They're social animals and they like to hang out with the troop."

He said Minty, who was born in captivity, would be feeling "pretty uncomfortable" outside her habitat.

The elusive primate absconded in August last year during an enclosure transfer.

Full story here.

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