John Owen Casford, a 23 year old from New Zealand, broke into Wellington Zoo, while intoxicated to catch a squirrel monkey for his girlfriend. He snuck in through the gates and managed to cut the padlocks and enter the exhibit, which was when he was attacked by the primates. The altercation left Casford with a with a broken leg, two broken teeth, a sprained ankle, multiple bruises and a prison sentence!
Casford left the exhibit door open as he escaped. The next morning, zoo employees panicked after they discovered that one of the monkeys was gone. However, he was later found frightened and hiding deep inside its enclosure.
Following the incident back in April, Casford was ordered to attend a Restorative Justice hearing in which zookeepers told the young man that he had traumatized the primates. He admitted to attempting to burglarize the zoo, and pleaded guilty to three charges. Casford has now been sentenced to two years and seven months in prison.