SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The search for Dizzy the monkey has come to an end. After being on the loose since Tuesday, Dizzy was captured early Thursday evening on the trees near the Zoo in Forest Park.
Our 22News cameras were rolling when Dizzy was tranquilized by zookeepers and fell from the trees. He wasn’t hurt in the fall and brought back inside the zoo.
Meghan Rothschild, a member of the board for the zoo, told 22News that Dizzy was safely returned to his enclosure around 5:50 p.m., and was resting comfortably.
Darlene Blaney, who also works for the Zoo, said, “We’re so happy that he’s home. It’s been a long couple of days, we’re all really tired, but elated and overjoyed that he’s home.”
Rothschild said that on Thursday they used the same methods they used the day before, including trying to attract Dizzy to his enclosure with food. A statement posted on their official Facebook page stated that they believed he was resting up in the canopy of a tree.
Dizzy escaped on Tuesday by turning a door knob while his enclosure was being cleaned. According to a statement on the zoo’s website, a zoo employee was answering a visitor’s question at the time that Dizzy slipped away.
During the search, Zoo staff were stationed near his enclosure, and the head zookeeper were armed with a gun shooting a mild tranquilizer. Two attempts were made to tranquilize Dizzy on Wednesday, but both shots missed.
The 12-pound monkey was not a threat to anyone, Zoo officials said. The Springfield Parks Department closed the playground adjacent to the zoo in order to keep noise levels down.
The Zoo will reopen Friday morning at 10 a.m.