Friday, August 21, 2009

Monkey Still Missing After Animals Released At Zoo

loose monkeyAn animal is still missing from a Wisconsin zoo after vandals broke into some of the cages.

More than a dozen animals got out and wandered around the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls, Wis. on Wednesday.

"They found the fence here was cut into, a couple of big holes in the outside fence, and they found all the cages open, said William Faherty, the Chippewa Falls Park and Recreation director.

Faherty said the vandals had a bolt cutter to cut some of the locks or they pried the cages to let the animals out.

"The lemurs stayed in, but the capuchins got out and the coatimundi got out and the porcupines got out," Faherty explained. Workers were able to re-capture the porcupines and the male capuchin fairly quickly.

Eight buffalos also roamed free.

"They let the buffalo out," Faherty said. "They opened up the pasture and we have eight buffalo that were out walking in the street."

The buffalo got hungry and came home. Zoo workers captured the coatimundi late on Thursday. Coatimundis are a relative of the raccoon.

Workers are still searching for a female capuchin monkey, which is a challenge in the 300-acre park.

"Cold weather is what's going to bother her and that's what our concern is, that we find her before the cold weather really hits, because she can't survive," Faherty said.

Full story here.

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