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Sheriff: Man Bitten After 4 Pet Monkeys Escape From North Carolina Home

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Authorities say 4 capuchin monkeys escaped from a private home, biting one man. (Getty Images)

Authorities say 4 capuchin monkeys escaped from a private home, biting one man. (Getty Images)

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MOYNOCK, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have recaptured four pet monkeys that escaped from a private home in Currituck County.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Voorhees says the capuchin monkeys escaped from a home at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Currituck County Sheriff Susan Johnson says the animals’ owner said they would become vicious if cornered. Two nearby schools were alerted that extra deputies would be on hand around dismissal time to ensure the children safely got on buses.

One of the monkeys bit a man, but Voorhees says his injuries weren’t life-threatening.

The sheriff says two of the monkeys were captured, a third was tranquilized and the fourth was shot by officers. The monkeys are being held by animal control while authorities investigate what happened.

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