Kansas City Zoo patrons forced inside after monkey escapes from its holding area

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Visitors got to witness some monkey business Tuesday afternoon at the Kansas City Zoo .

Zoo patrons were kept inside a building for a short while when a monkey escaped its holding area.

Zoo spokeswoman Julie Neemeyer said the red-capped mangabey escaped from its enclosure near the Congo area in Africa , across from the swinging bridge.

Neemeyer said it was a keeper error. The padlock was not locked.

Animal health staff was able to tranquilize the monkey.

According to Neemeyer, zoo staff always moves the public away when animals escape.

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