Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Monkey Escapes Briefly At Kansas City Zoo

A male red-capped mangabey escaped briefly at the Kansas City Zoo today but it made no contact with the public and is back in its holding area.

“He had a little adventure and now he is back in his monkey house,” said zoo Director Randy Wisthoff.

The incident began shortly after 2 p.m. when a keeper neglected to padlock a door in the mangabeys’ holding pen. The monkey, of an African species that can weigh as much as 26 pounds, made it to the public boardwalk in the forested area leading to the gorilla exhibit. Zoo staff herded the public away from the area.

A member of the veterinarian staff tranquilized the animal about 3 p.m. and it was returned to its holding area.

Full story here.

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