Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ape escape

It was a bizarre lunch hour at 77th and Indiana today. Police were called at 11:59 a.m. to 7730 Indiana on the report of an escaped pet monkey. It was 300 pounds and escaped its owner's home and was wandering around the neighborhood. The primate was capable of opening doors, and it broke out the windshield of a police car. Animal Control officers shot it with a tranquilizer, but that was ineffective. The monkey then climbed a tree, where Animal Control officers fired another tranquililzer dart but missed. The owner had a cage in the back of his pick-up truck, and the animal eventually climbed back into it on his own and is now in custody. Police were ready with patrol rifles in case the animal became a danger to people. Animal Control officers will determine whether any citations will be issued.

The above photos were taken with an officer's cell phone camera on the scene of the monkey escape.

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