Primate suspect: US monkey dials 911

Primate suspect: US monkey dials 911

Route the Capuchin monkey, seen here in a handout image from the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff's Office, is the prime suspect in a mystery over a 911 call from a California zoo. (Photo: AFP)
Route the Capuchin monkey, seen here in a handout image from the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff's Office, is the prime suspect in a mystery over a 911 call from a California zoo. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES: California cops rushed to a zoo after a 911 call -- only to find it had been placed by a mischievous monkey.

Dispatchers sent officers to investigate a possible emergency after receiving a call Saturday night that had disconnected.

Sheriff's deputies in San Luis Obispo County traced the call to the offices of Zoo to You, a conservation park 200 miles (320 kilometres) north of Los Angeles, but could not find any humans in trouble.

Undeterred, and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, they began to investigate.

"Then they all realised... it must have been Route the Capuchin monkey," said a social media post by the sheriff's office.

"Apparently, Route had picked up the zoo's cell phone... which was in the zoo's golf cart... which is used to travel around the zoo's 40 acre site."

Capuchins are particularly inquisitive creatures, who enjoy poking and pressing objects they pick up.

"And that's what Route did... just so happened it was in the right combination of numbers to call us."


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