Monkey escapes at Denver Zoo

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Rose, a 17-year-old Howler Monkey. Photo courtesy: Denver Zoo

DENVER — A howler monkey made a break for it at the Denver Zoo and briefly escaped her enclosure and onto a public pathway.

“Rose, a 17-year-old, female Denver Zoo howler monkey, chewed through her steel mesh enclosure and was seen in the planter alongside her exhibit in the zoo’s Tropical Discovery building,” says zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart. “Guests in the area were quickly escorted out of the building and at no time did anyone make contact with the monkey.”

Rose is a life-long resident of Denver Zoo and her caretakers describe her as a sweet and shy creature.

“Rose never ventured out of the planter, but immediately turned back and began searching for the hole she made in an attempt to get back in her enclosure, while zookeepers coaxed her back in with food,” Barnhart says.

Zookeepers say the monkey was out for about six minutes.

Howler monkeys are a “code blue” animal at Denver Zoo which means they are not considered to be a dangerous animal.

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