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Monkeys From Kevin James's 'Zookeeper' Evacuated From Hotel

Movie monkeys and crew members of Kevin James' upcoming comedy 'The Zookeeper' were among the hundreds of guests who were evacuated from a Boston hotel after alarms went off on Wednesday morning.

A small boiler leak at the Liberty hotel reportedly led to the elevated carbon monoxide readings which resulted in the evacuation around 9:30 AM.

Guests were allowed back in nearly four hours later after the fire department took care of the problem and determined there was no danger to the guests.

The two monkeys sat on the shoulders of their handlers outside the Charles Street hotel. They had been staying at the hotel on one of its two floors that is reserved for guests with pets.

"It's 100 percent business as usual," Jim Treadway, the hotel's general manager told the 'Boston Herald' following the incident. "It was because of a loose screw on a gas control on one of the roof-top boilers. There were elevated readings of carbon monoxide throughout the hotel."

Carbon monoxide levels ranged from 35 to 50 parts per million found throughout the 17-story hotel. A normal reading for a residential building is thought to be less than 9 parts per million.

The incident marked the latest development for the movie, which is being investigated by the US Department of Agriculture over the death of Tweet, an 18-year-old giraffe, who collapsed after wrapping up a shoot for the film last week. A teenage boy also fell into a lion pit that was part of the set earlier this month, but luckily managed to avert serious injury.

'The Zookeeper' stars Rosario Dawson (photosRosario Dawson photos) opposite James, and features the voices of Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, and Cher. The movie focuses on the keeper and his animals, who help him win back the woman of his dreams.

September 17, 2009 |

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