[monkeywire] Monkey visits German pizzeria, vandalizes toilet

Gregory Rehbein suedehead73 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 3 12:25:18 EDT 2003

BERLIN -- An escaped circus monkey dropped into a pizzeria in a small German town and vandalized the ladies toilet even though the owner had tried to pacify the animal with salad and rolls.

Franco Praino was standing in front of the counter of his pizzeria in the northern town of Lehre when "Lala," a one and a half foot (40 cm) tall Rhesus monkey, entered through the front door on Wednesday.

Praino and a cook used lettuce to lure Lala into the women's toilet, where they fed the monkey rolls to keep it calm.

But Lala broke a vase on the window, then tossed all the paper towels into the sink and turned on the tap, flooding both toilets, the kitchen, and part of dining room.

Lala had escaped from its cage five days earlier at circus near Braunschweig, 6 miles (10 km) away. Praino was due to accept a 5,000 euro ($5,700) reward for the animal's return.


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