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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: May 18, 2007
Location: Denver, Colorado

Animal: Capuchin Monkey
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Denver Zoo

Category: Animal Death, Animal health issue
Species: Primate

Summary: An 8-year-old capuchin monkey was found dead of plague at the Denver Zoo. Officials suspected the monkey contracted the plague from eating the carcass of an infected dead squirrel. The zoo’s other 17 monkeys were temporarily taken off exhibit and given preventive antibiotics.

Source: The New York Times

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