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Monkey injured defending offspring died Tuesday in Dodge City

A monkey who was injured last month trying to protect his offspring during an apparent break-in at a zoo in Dodge City has died.

Officials at the Wright Park Zoo in Dodge City said the 32-year-old Tufted Capuchin monkey was found unresponsive early Tuesday. City spokeswoman Abbey Martin says the zoo’s veterinarian was unable to revive the monkey, named Vern.

The Hutchinson News reports a necropsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

Vern underwent surgery for broken bones after the break-in at the zoo Sept. 3. A younger monkey named Pickett was found loose within the city limits and returned to the zoo.

Vern and a female monkey named Charro arrived at the zoo in 1988. Their two youngest sons, Jack and Pickett, are part of the current capuchin troop at the Zoo.

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