NC man attacked by escaped monkey

NC man attacked by escaped monkey

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by 13News Now

WCNC.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM

MOYOCK, N.C. -- One man was injured after four pet Capuchin monkeys escaped in Moyock, North Carolina Thursday afternoon. 

According to Currituck County Sheriff Susan Johnson, the monkeys escaped their enclosure at a home in Wedgewood Lakes around 11:30 a.m. and attacked a man. 

The victim drove himself to the hospital but will probably need stitches, Johnson said.

The homeowner told police the monkeys would become vicious if they were cornered.

Police were able to capture two of the monkeys.  One monkey was tranquilized and later died.  The fourth monkey was shot by a sheriff's deputy but is still alive, Johnson said. 

The three monkeys are now in custody of Animal Control and the investigation continues.

The public in the area received a reverse 911 call to be cautious and report any sightings.   The school was also notified.

Johnson doesn't believe the homeowner will face any charges. 

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