A break-in at Zoo Boise in Idaho's biggest city has left a Patas monkey dead and police searching for suspects.
Zoo security reported spotting two men in dark clothing at the zoo before dawn Saturday morning, with one man outside the zoo near the primate exhibit and one man inside zoo grounds (map), according to the Boise Police Department.
Both men ran after seeing the security guard and eluded police.
Later, while searching for evidence, police and zoo employees found an injured Patas monkey "next to the perimeter fence near the primate exhibit where the suspects were last seen," police said in a statement. (It's not clear if that meant the monkey was outside its regular exhibit; the zoo's offices were closed Sunday and a police spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.)
The Patas monkey died shortly after being taken to treatment. It had been hit in the head and neck.
“Everybody here at the zoo is devastated,” Zoo Director Steve Burns said in a statement. “Our staff and volunteers care deeply about the welfare of the animals they tend on a daily basis."