The missing monkey "stars" in a YouTube music video by "Gomonkey Go" creator Kurt Thompson.
St. Petersburg, Florida -- The rhesus macaque that has been seen all over St. Petersburg in recent months is now trying to become a YouTube star.
Well, sort of. A humorous music video has been posted to YouTube, with an "actor" portraying the missing monkey as he visits downtown St. Pete. Scroll down to watch it!
The video and its accompanying YouTube channel is an extension of the "Gomonkey Go" Facebook fan page. The page was created by St. Petersburg resident Kurt Thompson.
"I have been following the monkey story for the last few months, and I thought he needed a voice," Thompson told 10 Connects shortly after creating the page earlier this month. "I thought this was really funny, and my girlfriend agreed."
The monkey that has inspired it all has avoided capture for nearly a year, and sightings of the slippery simian continue to come in. Among the latest was when the monkey was spotted near a woman's swimming 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."
10 Connects News. The Associated Press contributed to this report.