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'Military monkey' killed in break-in at zoo in Idaho

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By The Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 9:02 p.m.

BOISE — A break-in at Zoo Boise early Saturday left a Patas monkey dead from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck, and police were analyzing blood found at the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two human intruders.

Two males wearing dark clothing were spotted by a security guard at 4:30 a.m. outside the fence near the primate exhibit, police said. Both fled, one of them heading into the interior of the zoo. Boise police used a thermal imager in searching the 11-acre zoo grounds but did not find the person.

“I've been here for 15 years, and we haven't had anything like this happen,” Zoo Boise director Steve Burns said. “It's unfortunate that we have to let kids know that something like this happens. Monkeys are always among the most favorite animals here.”

Patas monkeys, often called the military monkey, have reddish-brown fur with gray chin whiskers and distinctive white moustaches. They are widely distributed across central Africa south of the Sahara Desert and can live more for than 20 years in captivity.

During a search of the zoo before dawn, Burns heard a groan that at first he thought sounded human. It turned out to be an injured Patas monkey barely moving near the perimeter fence.

 

 
 


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