Monkey on the Lam: Spotted again in Tampa Bay

12:05 PM, Mar 22, 2010   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- The elusive monkey has been spotted again in the Tampa Bay area.

Renee Barth says she saw a monkey swinging from a tree Sunday and falling into her pool. Barth says the monkey took off with some grapefruits from her backyard in a St. Petersburg neighborhood.

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Wildlife officials have asked the public to stay away from the rhesus macaque monkey that has eluded capture in the area for about a year. The rogue monkey again escaped from wildlife officials earlier this month, after a neighborhood in St. Petersburg became a bit of a circus when a sighting was reported.

Authorities don't know where the animal came from, but some theories include a troupe of wild monkeys in an Ocala-area state park or an unpermited owner.

 

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