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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Diaper-wearing monkey captured after chase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Police spent hours looking for one of the most unusual suspects ever: a diaper-wearing monkey on the lam in downtown Madison after biting a woman.
By Wednesday afternoon, all the monkey business was over. The primate was captured and taken into custody.
The monkey mania started early Wednesday when a 20-year-old woman reported being bitten on the thumb as she tried to pet the animal.
The woman was walking by State Street Brats, a popular downtown nightclub, where a man had the monkey on a leash inside its beer garden. People walking by were petting the monkey, who was wearing a white diaper.
But the woman was bit and suffered four small punctures in her thumb, police said.
The bite sent the woman to the hospital, where a physician said the monkey should be found so that it can be quarantined for 10 days to determine if it has a disease.
Police immediately launched into their monkey-hunt.
By 7:15 a.m., police found the man and the monkey. But the man lost the handle on the monkey before an animal control officer arrived and it got loose. About seven hours later, the monkey was captured and taken into custody downtown to be quarantined for 10 days, police said.
A woman later came forward and told police the animal was her "service monkey" and she had loaned it to a friend last night.


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