DENVER - A 17-year-old howler monkey named Rose briefly escaped from her enclosure at the Denver Zoo Tuesday afternoon, but keepers quickly coaxed her back into her home with food.
The incident happened just before 5 p.m. in the Tropical Discovery building.
Rose, a life-long resident of the zoo, chewed through her steel mesh enclosure and was seen in a planter outside her exhibit, said zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart.
“Guests in the area were quickly escorted out of the building and at no time did anyone make contact with the monkey," Barnhart said in a news release.
Rose, who is described as a sweet and shy creature by her keepers, never ventured out of the planter. She immediately began searching for the hole she made in an attempt to get back inside her enclosure, Barnhart said.
Zookeepers were able to lure her back into the enclosure in about six minutes using food.
Only a few guests were in the building when the incident happened, Barnhart said. Tropical Discovery was closed for the rest of the day and may be closed Wednesday as zookeepers make repairs.
Howler monkeys are a “code blue” animal at Denver Zoo, meaning they are not considered a dangerous animal, Barnhart said.