Neighbor Catches Escaped Pata Monkeys

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The last four patas monkeys that had
escaped from a Polk County facility months ago have been captured.

Lex Brown lives near the Safari Wild refuge where the monkeys
escaped from in April. Several of them had turned up on his ranch,
tinkering with equipment on his property.

So he decided to help catch them with a larger cage for monkeys
to move in and out of, using grapes as bait. It wasn't long before
he captured them all.

Fifteen monkeys had escaped from their cage at the center, raising questions about the owner, Lex Salisbury.

He was forced to resign Thursday as president and chief executive officer of Lowry Park Zoo when a city audit concluded that he used zoo resources to help build the animal park in northern Polk County.

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