Escaped monkey stops rail services
The Telegraph: By David Millward. 14 Apr 2010
An escaped monkey has been held responsible for stopping train services in northern England.
Network Rail was asked to suspend operations on the line at Askam, Cumbria after a police marksman was sent to tackle a small monkey which had escaped from a nearby wildlife park.
Cumbria police intervened after the 20-inch tall capuchin was seen hanging from the trees over the railway track.
However by the time the police gunman arrived, the monkey had disappeared..
A spokesman for Network Rail,said: "It is our duty to put passengers first and ensure the smooth running of the railway."
However the small animal was caught the following day, said Karen Brewer, the marketing manager at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton in Furness.
"It was spotted by the railway track, we staff and cornered it in a graveyard and caught it in a dustbin."
The monkey has since been returned to its former home