Victim of monkey attack speaks as hunt enters Day 2

10:38 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Bite marks, puncture wounds, scratches. This is the damage inflicted on the female victim the monkey attacked. She won't show her face, but she told 10 News what happened.

"The monkey is aggressive. I didn't do anything to provoke him.  I was just sitting there," she said.

The 30-pound rhesus macaque came out of nowhere, jumping on the victim and digging its teeth and nails into her back.

"He crawled on my back. I flung him off, he came back and bit me. I ran in the house. He's been coming to the windows looking for me," said the victim, who requested to remain anonymous.

Wildlife officials investigating the attack placed traps outside the victim's home, hoping to capture and move the animal to a facility.

Animal experts believe the monkey was forced out of Monkey Island at Silver Springs by larger males in its tribe. Now it roams Tampa Bay looking for a mate. A theory possibly supported by a picture taken by Don McBride back in 2010. It shows the monkey pressing its face into its reflection in a mirrored cube in a neighbor's backyard.

"He is a danger through no fault of his own, so I don't think he should be put down for it, but he certainly needs to be taken someplace and released," said McBride.

Now, this quiet south St. Pete neighborhood knows exactly what the monkey is capable of, and the health risk he brings.

"I would hate to a see a child have to go through what I have...a series of shots. I'm very traumatized," said the victim.

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