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8/9/06-Chicago

Chicago Zoo Fined For Animal Deaths, Attack

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has been fined after being found at fault for an attack on a zookeeper and the deaths of several monkeys.

The zoo has paid the three-thousand-dollar fine.

Scrutiny began after the deaths of three elephants, two gorillas and a camel over the past two years. But the Department of Agriculture only held the zoo responsible for the deaths of three monkeys last year and the gorilla attack two months later.

A zoo spokeswoman says the monkeys died after eating leaves from a tree just outside their habitat. She says the trees have been removed from the zoo. And she says an employee's error led to the zookeeper being bitten by the gorilla.

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Posted By 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger khefelfinger@kltv.com

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