The Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay is a Rhesus Macaque (rhesus monkey) that has been on the loose and evading capture for approximately one year (as of March 2010) in St. Petersburg, Florida. The monkey is thought to be a male that weighs 30 pounds.
Authorities are not certain where the monkey came from. One possibility is that it could have been separated from a troupe of wild monkeys in Silver River State Park, approximately 103 miles north of St. Petersburg. Another possibility is that it could have escaped from an owner who does not have a permit and thus is not registered with authorities.
A Facebook page for the monkey has been set up, which has more than 60,000 fans (as of March 31, 2010). The monkey is shy and not considered a threat to humans. Its continued success at avoiding capture has been compared to the TV series The Fugitive. The monkey looks both ways to check for traffic before crossing the street.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Elusive monkey romps in Tampa Bay area, Associated Press, March 24, 2010
- ↑ Monkey, loose, eludes police St. Petersburg, WTSP-TV CBS, March 4, 2010
- ↑ Kegley, Joe (2007-05-15). "Silver River - Florida". WildlifeSouth. http://www.wildlifesouth.com/Locations/Florida/SilverRiver.html. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
- ↑ "How Far is It? Distance Server: As the Crow Flies". indo.com. http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=29%3A10%3A50.4821N+82%3A8%3A47.3997W&place2=St.+Petersburg%2C+FL. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
- ↑ After a year on the lam, is wily monkey too smart to capture?, St. Petersburg Times, March 5, 2010
- ↑ Fugitive monkey has pursuers going bananas, MSNBC, March 24, 2010
- Photograph of the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay taken by Renée Barth
- Weekend funny: Stephen Colbert investigates "Monkey on the lam" in St. Petersburg article with video footage from The Colbert Report