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Lost monkey found safe in Southern Pines

Posted January 7, 2012

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— A pet monkey that escaped from a Southern Pines home earlier this week was back at home Saturday, said American Private Haven spokeswoman Peggy Rice.

The animal, a tan rhesus monkey named Toby, was found playing on a neighbor's front porch, Rice said. It was dehydrated and had lost a pound, but was given antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Owners Connie and Rudy Baxley were able to take Toby home to rest.

The monkey squeezed out of its collar and leash, opened a door and escaped from the Baxleys' home at 1190 E. Connecticut Ave on Monday. The couple said the sirens from a passing fire truck scared the monkey and sent it running.

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  • peppercorns Jan 10, 2012

    i sure hope everything is legal about owning this critter. Hope someone checked.