Officials capture 1 of 2 escaped Kan. zoo monkeys

INDEPENDENCE, Kansas (AP) – A southeast Kansas zoo remains closed while a search continues for an escaped monkey.

The Independence Daily Reporter says the capuchin monkey was one of two that escaped Wednesday from a pen at the Ralph Mitchell Zoo at Riverside Park in Independence. One monkey was caught a short time later, but officials remained on the lookout Thursday for the second money.

Park director Barbara Beurskens says a zookeeper failed to adequately secure the lock to the monkey’s pen while cleaning cages. Independence Director of Public Safety David Cowan says one monkey bit an Oklahoma man before jumping on a woman who hit the animal with her purse.

Live animal traps are being set up throughout the zoo area. Both monkeys also escaped from their cage a few years ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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