CHARLOTTE -- A mischievous little monkey is getting a new home in Texas.
Time Warner Cable News told you about “Carter” earlier this year. He escaped his cage inside a car in March at Carolinas Medical Center-University. It took more than a day for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control officers to catch him.
Nine months later, he’s going to live with other monkeys.
“A monkey is very different for us,” said spokesperson Melissa Knicely.
Time Warner Cable News had a chance to spend a few minutes with the playful primate on Tuesday before his long adventure home.
“[He is] zero to 100 with no in between. [He is] very energetic, very smart,” said Leslie Wright, Carter's caretaker for the past nine months.
The monkey waited there for months under quarantine and then awaiting what his owner would do.
“The owner, instead of charges, eventually decided in lieu of charges, she would owner surrender Carter to us. That's when we started looking for primary sanctuaries,” said Knicely.
That’s when the found Primarily Primates.
“They're known for their rehabilitation program for monkeys that have been pets,” said Knicely.
For Wright, it’s very good news.
“Very happy. I think the sanctuary is the best place he could go in the United States,” said Wright.
It will take 20 hours to travel the 1,200 miles from Charlotte to San Antonio. That’s a long time for a person, nevertheless a monkey.
It will be hard for his caretakers to say goodbye.
“I will be sad to see him go. It's been nine months. It's been like having a very energetic toddler,” said Wright.
You can follow his adventures with the hastag #TravelMonkey