filo/iStock(DODGE CITY, Kan.) — A Capuchin monkey at a Kansas zoo has died after it was attacked while protecting its offspring from someone who broke into the facility.The staff at Wright Park Zoo in Dodge City first learned of what happened on Sept. 2 when a monkey named Pickett was found and captured outside the facility and somewhere in the city. When employees went to check the enclosure, they discovered a second monkey, named Vern, injured inside, the zoo said in a statement.Vern, who is an older Tufted Capuchin monkey, was found to have extensive injuries that required surgery.Officers investigated and suspected that someone gained access to the enclosure and injured Vern as it tried to protect Pickett from being taken, officials said.“Based on DCPD’s investigation … we do not believe the little monkey, Pickett, found his way outside the enclosure on his own,” said Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis. “Nor do we believe he traveled to where he was found on his own. His father’s injury appears to be from blunt force trauma in excess of what would occur from a fall.”Hanna Schroeder, who is the head zookeeper at Wright Park, said Vern suffered a broken knee cap as a result of the incident.“Vern is very protective of the younger monkey and would not have let him go without a fight,” Schroeder said.Vern required a cast on his leg and isolation from the other monkeys, but could not recover from the injuries and was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive by staff on Tuesday, officials said.A necropsy will be performed to determine the official cause of the death.Francis asked for the public’s help in finding out who is responsible.“Though I doubt the culprit has the decency to come forward,” Francis said, “I also suspect someone may know who committed this act or have an idea who would do this. If that’s you, we would greatly appreciate talking with you.”Vern was a year old when it arrived at the Wright Park Zoo in 1988 with a female named Charro, according to the zoo. Capuchin monkeys, from South America, are declining in population as they face threats that include capture for the pet trade and deforestation.Additional security measures were installed at the enclosure to protect the animals, the zoo said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
SM East grad Grace Pickell had her best high jump showing at the college level Saturday in a meet at Kansas State.Mission Woods woman finds duck with arrow in neck. A Mission Woods woman was surprised to find a duck with an arrow in its neck in her backyard. Deborah Macon had noticed two duck visiting her backyard pond over the past several weeks, and was shocked to see one of them with an orange arrow in its neck last week. She’s asked for help identifying who might have shot the duck. [Duck Survives Arrow Attack In KC Woman’s Backyard — KCTV5]SM East golf takes fourth in Hutchinson. SM East’s golf team faced off against some of the top competition in the state over the weekend at the Hutchinson Invitational Golf Tournament at Carey Park golf course. The Lancers finished four among a field of 34 teams from across the state. Andy Spencer and Lucas Jones led the Lancers with rounds of 74, tied with several others for 12th in the individual rankings. Blue Valley West’s James Henderson had the day’s best round, shooting a 68. Kaupan Mt. Carmel won the tournament with a team score of 290. SM East shot 300 as a team.‘Gracehopper’ sets high jump personal record at college level. SM East grad and current University of Kansas track and field team member Grace Pickell set a new college personal record Saturday at the Ward Haylett Invitational at Kansas State University. Pickell, a KU freshman, cleared 1.7 meters (5’7″) and finished fourth overall. As a high school junior, Pickell once cleared 5’10.5″. Rose accuses Brownback administration of ‘taking from the poor to help the rich’. Former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose used his Saturday column in the Kansas City Star to tell the story of a financially struggling Johnson County couple who lost nearly $1,000 in state benefits from two programs altered under Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. “When Kansas legislators cut hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes for the more affluent, they had to make up some of it, and so they axed two programs for the poor that together saved the state $55 million in 2013…” Rose writes. “The poor took a huge hit when Kansas eliminated two key programs, while taxes for high-income taxpayers were slashed.” [Kansas takes from the poor to help the rich — Kansas City Star]
Benin coach Michel Dussuyer has named a crack side to face Ghana in Sunday’s 2010 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.The Frenchman will have all his key players for the game as France-based duo of Stephane Sessgnon and Maiga Abou as well as prolific forward Razak Omotoyossi were named for the game.The three players who were instrumental in their advance to the second phase of the qualifiers will be augmented at the Baba Yara Stadium by several players from the lower league in France.The coach also named only two home-based players to face the Black Stars in Group D of the qualifiers for the tournament to be held in South Africa.Djokoue Patrice of plays for Requins while Salomon Junior is player of the Benin National University team.The Squirrels are expected to arrive in Arrive on Thursday and will be flown directly to Kumasi where the game will be played. The clash will be the first meeting between the two sides since Ghana beat Benin 4-2 in the finals of the Zenith Four Nation tourney in Accra in November 2007.SquadGoalkeepers: Djidonou Yoann (FC Red Star 93, France), Tardieu Beno=EEt (US Albi, France,)Defenders: Adenon Khaled (Le Mans UC 72, France), Adjamossi Anicet (Racing Ferrol, Spain), Agnide Moustapha (Quimper CFC, France), Chrysostome Damien (FC Metz, France), Glele John (Apep Pitsilia, France), Johnson Reda (Amiens SC, France), Salomon Junior (Benin National University)Midfielders: Ahoueya Jocelyn (FC Sion, Switzerland), Angan Pascal (WAC Casablanca, Morocco), Boco Romuald (Sligo Rovers, Ireland) Djokoue Patrice (Requins), Kobena Nouhoum (AC Djoliba, Mali) Koukou Djiman (Soleil, France), Olou Oscar (FC Rouen, France), Tchomogo Seidah (East Riffa, Bahrain) Attackers: Sessegnon Stephane (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Omotoyossi Razak (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Pote Mickael (Clermont Foot, France), Maiga Abou (US Creteil, France)Source: Ghanasoccernet
1 Manuel Pellegrini insisted he would gamble Manchester City’s Premier League top-four finish all over again to prioritise the Champions League, even after comprehensive 4-2 defeat at Southampton.City were undone by Sadio Mane’s hat-trick on the south coast in a line-up showing eight changes from Tuesday’s goalless draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.Pellegrini insisted he would do “exactly the same again” in terms of his vast rotation, despite accepting the defeat could impact Wednesday’s return leg in Madrid – and dent City’s chances of securing a top-four league finish.City’s hefty defeat leaves that fourth-place Premier League finish in the balance, with Arsenal and Swansea still to play.“I would do exactly the same again because we have an important game on Wednesday to play for the Champions League final,” said Pelllegrini.“We continue in the Premier League in the next two games to be in the top four so that was a risk, but one we also had to take.“I was very disappointed, especially in the defending. It was the same players who played other games.“We knew before the game it was a risk but we have to take those risks because we have an important game on Wednesday.“Maybe if we had played on Saturday we could have put more players in.“I always say the best way to prepare for the next game is to win and that’s why we did so well before Paris St Germain.”Pellegrini expects Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne all to be ready for the Madrid trip on Wednesday, with all three not involved at St Mary’s.Kelechi Iheanacho’s brace could boost his chances of facing Real, but Raheem Sterling failed to further his own cause with an ineffective display.Pellegrini admitted there were no positives in defeat, and refused to comment on Sterling’s performance, insisting: “I don’t analyse individual players.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini