Escaped monkey causes Louisiana zoo shutdown

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Monkey business shut down the Alexandria Zoological Park for a few hours Friday.

A 20-pound Colobus monkey escaped from its handler and caused an evacuation and temporary closure.

David Gill, Alexandria's director of public works, says zoo employees were moving three of six monkeys from their enclosure when one escaped.

Gill says one animal ran through a crack in the door of the enclosure before climbing a tree. The monkey never left the zoo property.

The monkey was tranquilized after zoo employees couldn't coax it down from the tree. Gill says the monkey woke up without injury.

The animal was placed in a new enclosure with two monkeys that were moved successfully. Three will be moved at a later date, so the original area can be renovated.

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