Cheeky monkey steals a phone and calls 911 at a sanctuary in California

Sheriff’s deputies were shocked to learn that a 911 call from a wildlife refuge in California had apparently been made by an inquisitive capuchin monkey.

In a Facebook post, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office reported that dispatchers this week received a 911 call that quickly disconnected and that attempts to call the number back went unanswered.

Deputies went to the Paso wildlife sanctuary Zoo to You, the location of the call, but staff members claimed they were not aware of any emergency calls made from the location.

After further investigation, deputies and zoo personnel were able to pinpoint the likely caller as a capuchin monkey by the name of Route.

The sheriff’s office reported that Route had allegedly obtained a zoo cellphone kept in a golf cart and had either called 911 or used the emergency call feature of the device.

“We’re told capuchin monkeys are very inquisitive and will grab anything and everything and just start pushing buttons,” the sheriff’s office said.

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