Police are hoping that they will be able to find two zoo attack suspects using a baseball cap found inside Zoo Boise after the beating death of a monkey.
The break-in occurred on Saturday morning around 4:30 am and involved two males wearing dark clothing, reports ABC News. Thw men were spotted by a security guard outside the fence by the primate exhibit.
They both fled the scene with one going into the interior of the zoo. Police in Boise used a thermal imager to search the 11-acre zoo grounds but were not able to find the suspect.
Police also discovered the body of a Pata monkey that died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck. Along with an analyzing the baseball cap left by the two zoo attack suspects, they are also analyzing blood at the scene to see if it came from the monkey or one of the human intruders, notes USA Today.
Zoo Boise Director Steve Burns stated of the break-in:
“I’ve been here for 15 years and we haven’t had anything like this happen. It’s unfortunate that we have to let kids know that something like this happens. Monkeys are always among the most favorite animals here.”
Burns stated that he is not yet sure if the remaining Patas monkey will stay at Zoo Boise or if it will be sent to another zoo where it can be more social. Sergeant Ted Snyder of the Boise Police Department issued a statement, saying:
“It’s very disturbing that someone would intentionally break into the zoo and harm an animal. We’re doing all we can to find who did this.”
The baseball cap left by the two zoo suspects is gray with a distinctive skull design. It was found near the site and police are hoping it helps lead them to those responsible for the Patas monkey’s death.