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Slaying of monkey at Boise Zoo leaves zoo fans stunned; reward offered

This photo shows a Patas monkey at the Boise Zoo over the weekend; early Saturday morning, intruders at the zoo killed its cage mate. Police are investigating. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)
This photo shows a Patas monkey at the Boise Zoo over the weekend; early Saturday morning, intruders at the zoo killed its cage mate. Police are investigating. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Katherine Jones)

Sad news surfaced over the weekend in Boise, with the news that intruders at the Boise Zoo had killed a beloved Patas monkey. The future of the monkey's cagemate, shown here, is uncertain, as the social primates don't like to be housed alone; the Boise zoo may get another, or may have to find a new home for the remaining monkey. The AP reports that police are following leads in the search for the two intruders, and that it's not yet clear whether the zoo break-in early Saturday morning was a prank that turned violent or something done with more sinister intent.

The monkey was found outside its exhibit, near the perimeter fence of the zoo, shortly after a security guard scared off two intruders; it had a head injury, and died shortly after. The zoo was closed for most of the day Saturday as police searched for evidence. You can read KTVB-TV's full report here, including a clue - police found a gray ballcap that may have been left by one of the intruders; and the Idaho Statesman's full report here; this AP photo of the remaining Patas monkey is by the Statesman's Katherine Jones. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

UPDATE: Late this afternoon, Boise Police announced that they've made an arrest; they scheduled a press conference for 7 p.m. to release more information.




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