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Four monkeys join rescued birds at Tennessee shelter after monkey attack on cop

August 5th, 2011 2:16 pm by Dessislava Yankova

NASHVILLE — Activists who came to Middle Tennessee this week to rescue exotic birds in Portland found themselves involved in a second rescue Thursday after a monkey attacked a police officer in Shelbyville.

Officers shot and killed that monkey, but four other monkeys are now joining the 136 exotic birds in a temporary animal shelter at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville.

“They are very aggressive,” Animal Rescue Corps president and founder Scotlund Haisley said of the monkeys. “A vet is on the scene and will blow-dart them with tranquilizer.”

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