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Fugitive Monkey that Bit Security Guard is Captured at Hospital

Erika Fleury March 31, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’ve captured a fugitive monkey that bit a hospital security guard while trying to escape on Wednesday.

Officers were called to Carolinas Medical Center-University Wednesday about a monkey on the loose in the parking lot, according to the police department’s Animal Care & Control unit.

The monkey – a small, brown rhesus macaque named Carter – had been cornered in a parking lot when it bit the security guard and escaped, fleeing into nearby woods.

Thursday afternoon, the monkey was spotted again.

Photo courtesy of CMPD Animal Control

Hospital security guards managed to corner the monkey under a car while they waited for Animal Care & Control. With the help of a relative of Carter’s owner, they captured the monkey.

Carter was being held in isolation at Animal Care & Control as the Mecklenburg Health Department tried to figure out a protocol for testing the monkey for rabies.

In a search warrant obtained by WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, investigators said Carter’s owner was cited in 2014 for having an exotic animal in the city limits.

- WBTV News / The Charlotte Observer

*Please note that the original article incorrectly describes Carter as a capuchin.

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