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Monkey Escapes Zoo, Found 9 Miles Away at a McDonald's

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The golden arches are a welcoming sign for friends and family alike. For one little monkey, it was the perfect place to grab a tasty burger — at least for a little while.

The fry-loving monkey escaped a local zoo and found its way to a McDonald’s located in Gothenburg, Sweden, according to the Daily Mail.

The monkey was thought to have been housed at the Gothenburg science center Universeum. The Universeum was located approximately 9 miles from the McDonald’s where it was found.

The little monkey, a Goeldi’s marmoset, often referred to as a callimico, is a South American monkey that traditionally lives in the upper Amazon.

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Because the monkey is an exotic species, some believe that it was stolen rather than escaped.

“It is extremely sad what happened,” Daniel Roth, a zoologist at Universeum, told the Daily Mail.

The police were aware that the monkey was missing from the Universeum.

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Staff at the zoo made a report to police that the monkey was missing at around 12:30 p.m. This was a full 10 hours before police were notified that the monkey had made his way to the McDonald’s — possibly for a bite to eat.

How the creature ended up at McDonald’s is a mystery to all. While there, it reportedly hopped on tables and ate some leftover food.

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Staff at the restaurant said they did not give the monkey anything to eat.

A call to police reporting a monkey on the loose was made around 10:40 p.m., according to the Daily Mail.

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The police seemed to have a sense of humor about the incident as Peter Nordengard, a police spokesman, told the Daily Mail, “We think it’s the same (monkey that left the zoo), but I guess there aren’t that many monkeys out and about at the moment.

“We’ll have to sniff around a bit to see if anyone brought it there. The most plausible explanation seems to be that someone left it there,” he added.

“The monkey was then recaptured by museum staff,” a spokesman for McDonald’s told the Daily Mail. “The monkey did not eat anything at the restaurant, to my knowledge, and the restaurant was closed when the monkey was discovered.

“The monkey is of a very unusual species and the museum is very grateful for the way in which this was handled by the franchisee and his staff. The monkey is now back at the museum and is doing well although a little stressed.”

We are thankful that the monkey was finally found. Maybe he was just in search of a happy meal!

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Dawn is a writer from Milwaukee who loves the art of crafting copy. She has experience in marketing and worked as editor-in-chief of a monthly B2B magazine where she honed her writing skills. No matter the topic or audience, she has a story to tell.
Dawn is a writer from Milwaukee who loves the art of crafting copy. She has previously worked in marketing and as as editor-in-chief of a monthly B2B magazine where she honed her writing skills. She enjoys the art of captivating readers and making them come back time and time again for more. No matter the topic or audience, she has a story to tell. Whether it’s an article, newsletter, news release or web content, she's done it.
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