Florida’s ‘Mystery Monkey’ Finally Caught After Three Years on the Run
See monkey run, see monkey get caught. A 40-pound rhesus macaque dubbed the “Mystery Monkey” was finally caught Wednesday inTampa Bay, Fla. after three years on the loose.
The improbably famous primate, who has his own Facebook page and has even been profiled by Stephen Colbert, had been regularly spotted in the Tampa Bay area since 2009. Though no one definitively knew where the monkey came from, it is thought he might be from a monkey colony in Silver Springs, residents of which were used in Tarzan movies.
In a rather epic showdown, wildlife officials managed to trap the monkey after a five-hour stakeout waiting for the animal to approach. They managed to shoot the monkey with a tranquilizer dart, but the creature still made a run for it. What followed was a short, adrenaline-filled…
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