Escapee Monkey in Caibarién Captured by Authorities

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 by Matthew Diaz

Images depicting the capture of a monkey that escaped from the zoo in Caibarién, located in the province of Villa Clara, have been shared by Martí Noticias journalist Mario J. Pentón. The operation involved Red Berets from the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) along with the assistance of trained dogs.

“The monkey in Caibarién has caused a real commotion. Even the veterinarian got bitten,” Pentón remarked alongside a video posted on the social media platform X.

In the footage, a crowd of onlookers can be seen anxiously watching as the animal is captured. The monkey had been causing havoc in the Van Troi 1 neighborhood, entering balconies and displaying aggressive behavior.

According to a source who reported the presence of the animal, the monkey had stolen vegetables from several balconies, suggesting that hunger was the primary reason for its escape from the enclosure.

One video shows the monkey swiftly moving across the rooftop of a building, observed closely by residents and authorities.

A monkey bite poses significant health risks. According to the World Health Organization, “such bites can transmit rabies, infections caused by monkey-specific retroviruses, herpes B virus, monkeypox, and bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter.”

Another video shared in a Facebook group captured a female monkey outside her cage at the Caibarién zoo, with claims that “the monkeys don’t escape; they are let out to find their own food.”

Key Information About the Monkey Escape in Caibarién

This section provides answers to important questions regarding the recent monkey escape in Caibarién, its capture, and related health concerns.

What caused the monkey to escape from the Caibarién zoo?

The monkey escaped due to hunger, as it was reported to have stolen vegetables from balconies in the Van Troi 1 neighborhood.

Who was involved in capturing the escaped monkey?

The capture operation involved Red Berets from the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) and trained dogs, as well as a veterinarian who was bitten during the process.

What health risks do monkey bites pose?

Monkey bites can transmit several serious infections, including rabies, monkey-specific retrovirus infections, herpes B virus, monkeypox, and bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter.

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