‘A Little Embarrassed By The Whole Thing’: Police Respond After Monkey Calls 911

White headed Capuchin monkey sits on a tree. This image does not depict the monkey mentioned in story. Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock

Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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This is bananas — a California police department was a bit shocked when they responded to a 911 call put in by a monkey.

The incident unfolded Saturday night when the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that immediately disconnected. Dispatchers attempted to call the number back but received no response, prompting deputies to check the call’s source.

To the deputies’ surprise, the call came from the Zoo to You offices near Paso Robles, and authorities soon realized a person didn’t place it. (RELATED: WHO Urges People Not To Slaughter Monkeys Amid Monkeypox Outbreak)

“Was someone trying to make us look like a monkey’s uncle? Then [police] realized … it must have been Route the Capuchin monkey,” police said. “Apparently, Route had picked up the zoo’s cell phone … which was in the zoo’s golf cart … which is used to travel around the zoo’s 40-acre site.”

Police say Capuchin monkeys are “very inquisitive and will grab anything and everything and just start pushing buttons,” just as Route did.

Police said Route is “a little embarrassed by the whole thing.”

Zoo to You is the name of the Conservation Ambassadors South Campus, a non-profit organization providing a “permanent, loving home for displaced, abused, abandoned or permanently injured wild and exotic animals,” according to KTLA.