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Monkeys get new exhibit, killer still behind bars

Published On: Aug 31 2013 09:03:16 AM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho -

The zoo in Idaho's capital city has a new exhibit for its Patas monkeys, just seven months after a man broke into the facility and clubbed one of the animals to death.
The exhibit at Zoo Boise opened Friday with a speech from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.
The 1,500-square foot enclosure houses three Patas monkeys.
But one monkey that's missing is Cratey, killed last November when 22-year-old Michael Watkins climbed over a zoo fence after a night of drinking and beat it to death.
Watkins, from Fruitland in western Idaho, was sentenced to seven years in prison, but he could get out early if he completes a rehabilitation program successfully.
The new monkey exhibit cost $220,000, funded by the city of Boise and private donors.
Patas monkeys are from Africa.