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Mar 2, 2013 6:26 PM by Juice Godfrey

Monkey briefly escapes enclosure at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

A Howler monkey that escaped from an enclosure around 2:00 p.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is safely back in captivity. The monkey, a young female named Eva, has only been at the zoo a little more than a month.

A spokesperson for the zoo says Eva was able to pull back a piece of mesh and escape the outdoor habitat she was in. She then climbed to the roof of the monkey house. We're told the monkey is fairly small and was able to squeeze between the bars on the outside of the exhibit.

Zoo staff tried to lure the monkey back to her enclosure, but were unsuccessful. A short time later, handlers were able to capture Eva with the help of a net.

The public was escorted away from the exhibit while the monkey was on the loose.

The zoo is investigating the incident to see if any changes need to be made to the primate exhibit.

Thank you to News 5 viewer Carolyn Gibson for sharing pictures from inside the zoo.

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