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Fugitive monkey that bit security guard is captured at hospital

Carter, a Capuchin monkey that bit a security guard at Carolinas Medical Center-University on Wednesday while trying to escape, was captured on Thursday.
Carter, a Capuchin monkey that bit a security guard at Carolinas Medical Center-University on Wednesday while trying to escape, was captured on Thursday. Photo courtesy of CMPD Animal Care & Control.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’ve captured a fugitive monkey that bit a hospital security guard while trying to escape on Wednesday.

Officers were called to Carolinas Medical Center-University Wednesday about a monkey on the loose in the parking lot, according to the police department’s Animal Care & Control unit.

The monkey – a small, brown Capuchin named Carter – had been cornered in a parking lot when it bit the security guard and escaped, fleeing into nearby woods.

Thursday afternoon, the monkey was spotted again.

Hospital security guards managed to corner the monkey under a car while they waited for Animal Care & Control. With the help of a relative of Carter’s owner, they captured the monkey.

Carter was being held in isolation at Animal Care & Control as the Mecklenburg Health Department tried to figure out a protocol for testing the monkey for rabies.

In a search warrant obtained by WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, investigators said Carter’s owner was cited in 2014 for having an exotic animal in the city limits.

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