Two snow monkeys on the lam for five months

In Nature on November 26, 2010 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

The Czech wildlife is not particularly interesting, although we do have several wolves, bears and there might be some lynx. And now there are two snow monkeys (Macaca fuscata) who escaped from the Olomouc Zoo in June. They have been on the lam ever since and so far they are doing just fine. They wander around the region (no longer together, though). They are not hungry and they can survive winter. So one has to wonder: why not leave them where they are?

According to the spokeswoman of the Olomouc Zoo, the two male macaques are not dangerous. They will not attack people (because they are used to them) and they can feed on what they find, steal or are fed by locals. They do sometimes sit in trees or on roofs but the zoo refuses to use a tranquilizer gun because the woozy monkey might get hurt.

The two fugitives managed to run long distances during the last few months. The zoo has a map with pins in it that show the locations where the monkeys were spotted. The zoo spokeswoman told the local daily that the best way to catch them would be to make them used to one “favorite” spot where a trap can be set up…

(c) MFD via Google


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