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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Florida Officials Catch Elusive Monkey After Nearly Four Years

Tampa Bay’s “Mystery Monkey” made an appearance on Wednesday afternoon, before being captured. (Tampa Bay Times/James Borchuck)

Tampa Bay’s “Mystery Monkey” has been captured after spending nearly four years on the run.

The Wild Rhesus Macaque had become a celebrity, seen by many locals as a symbol of freedom – a fact that had earned him a mention on the Colbert Report and a Facebook page with more than 87,000 “likes.”

Florida officials captured him yesterday in what became the last in many multi-hour monkey hunts.

You can also read and listen to Here & Now’s previous story on Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay:

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  • Cai Phillips-Jones

    why? why don’t they let him be free? its not like his going to mate with an squirrel or something

  • Vanessa D

    Truly, why did they feel it necessary to capture this animal and deprive him of freedom? Was he agressive or threatening in any way?  So now what are they doing with him? This seems like wrong-headed thinking and a rather pathetic waste of resources; was anyone standing up against it??

  • Vanessa D

    Ok, I  just had a chance to listen to the whole story and understand why they had to catch the little guy, so I guess I have to take back what I wrote previously. But that’s okay  :-)

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