Elusive monkey romps through Tampa Bay area

11:16 AM, Mar 24, 2010   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- He's wily, he's smart and he's on the move.

A male rhesus macaque monkey has avoided capture in the Tampa Bay area for nearly a year. He was spotted earlier this week in a woman's St. Petersburg pool.

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Authorities don't know where the animal came from, but some believe it could have gotten separated from a troupe of wild monkeys in Ocala, some 100 miles from where he was recently seen. Another possibility: the animal could have escaped from an unpermitted owner.

The creature has captivated people in Tampa Bay and beyond -- possibly because of his ability to outwit the humans trying to catch him. The monkey has been even featured (with a shout out to 10 Connects!) on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."

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