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Old 11-18-2012, 04:37 PM
 
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Monkey dies from blow to head after zoo break-in - Yahoo! News

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 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 didn't find the person.

Police said late Saturday that a grey baseball cap with a distinctive skull design found near the site was probably left behind by one of the intruders and it might help in tracking them down.

"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."
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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Oh that's terrible! I just hope the poor little guy died quickly & didn't suffer.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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What is tragic is that monsters who kill pets or animals rarely get jail time. In my area a ma recently set on fire and killed a basset hound. The sadist was bailed out and got to return to his home where TWO OTHER BASSETS LIVE. Where is the justice?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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There is something seriously wrong with a human (I use that term loosely) who tortures and murders (yes, it IS murder) a defenseless animal. That monkey was defenseless and unable to get away. I hope they are able to catch the creeps who did this, and severe punishment is delivered.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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They caught one of the guys the other day. As far as I know the other is still at large. No info yet on why it happened. The Boise Zoo is now going to find another monkey of the same species; they had two Patas monkeys, and now the remaining one is lonely and probably grieving.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:22 PM
 
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Here's an update:
Prosecutor: Watkins tried to steal monkey | KTVB.COM Boise
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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First animals cannot legally be murdered or commit murder. That said, what occurred is shameful and it's past time we paid more attention to and gave much stiffer penalties for animal abuse. It's been proven over and over that the abuse of animals often leads to the abuse and even murder of people.

If we took animal abuse more seriously and gave out harsh penalties and/or got the abusers help, especially those that are children, we'd reduce human as well as animal abuse significantly. JMHO.
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