Officials finally catch loose monkey in Fremont

June 11th, 2011 - 1:55 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Fremont, Ohio, June 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An escaped monkey on Thursday attacked two girls in Fremont, Ohio. After chasing the animal for hours, officials finally managed to catch the small-sized creature which is described as being the size of a raccoon.

The police chief at Fremont, Tim Wiersma, told reporters that the two girls who are all nine years suffered scratches on their bodies following the attack. He however assured that the girls were not seriously hurt by the animal. The animal was captured by the owner at around 6 pm. The capture followed hours of pursuit and two rounds of shots by the police. The owner has been cited in the incident.

For allowing the animal to escape and inflict injuries on other members of the public, the owner was given a minor misdemeanor and subsequently fined $150. The grivet monkey ended up being taken home by the owner.

The police are worried and they want the laws in the state to be changed so that exotic animals cannot be owned by neighbors. Wiersma said this is not the first time that the same animal has inflicted injuries on a member of the public. He said the owner has in the past been cited in a similar incident involving a neighbor.

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