Monkeys recaptured after escaping NC home

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Capuchin monkeys (stock photo)

MAPLE, N.C. — Four monkeys are in custody after authorities said they escaped from a North Carolina home and one of them bit a person.

Authorities told WNCT9 the Capuchin monkeys were reported missing from their enclosure at a home near Wedgewood Lakes in Maple just before 12 p.m. Thursday.

The owner reportedly told deputies the monkeys may become vicious if cornered.

Officials said they found out shortly later that one person was bitten by one of the monkeys was hospitalized. The extent of the injuries was not released.

All four monkeys were eventually captured later that day, two of them were captured and two were tranquilized, officials said.

The animals are in the custody of Animal Control and authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

Source: WNCT9