CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are looking for a monkey that they say attacked a maintenance worker in a hospital parking lot.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said animal control officers were called to Carolinas Medical Center-University Wednesday about the report of a monkey on the loose in the parking lot.

A statement from the hospital said the monkey was contained in a bin by the maintenance worker until the officers could arrive. The monkey apparently attacked the worker, and escaped into a nearby wooded area.

Authorities say the monkey’s owner came to the hospital to help search for the animal.

Police say the owner was cited last March for refusing to turn the monkey over to officers after being issued a city ordinance violation for having an exotic animal inside city limits.

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