Arrest in Death of Zoo Monkey

Police have arrested and charged a 22-year-old Idaho man in connection with the bludgeoning death of a Zoo Boise monkey. Suspect Michael J. Watkins, who has two previous felonies, overcame “several zoo-security measures” on Saturday morning to get into the zoo and then the enclosure that held two Patas monkeys. A necropsy found that the monkey died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. Watkins has been charged with burglary and grand theft. Patas monkeys are the fastest of all primates, but are also one of the least aggressive.