With monkey on the lam, Florida
neighborhood goes bananas
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[December 01, 2014]
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida
authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running
through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as "three-foot tall,
brown and fast."
A resident initially reported seeing a fleet-footed monkey running
through a yard in the middle of a sunny Thanksgiving Day afternoon,
Tampa police said.
An hour later, another caller spotted a monkey about a dozen blocks
away, near a bridge on a road that is several miles (km) from
"There is no probable cause for this monkey's arrest, however, we
will work tirelessly to apprehend him," Tampa police said in a
Both sightings occurred near Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, whose officials
told police that its monkeys were all accounted for.
With some on social media questioning whether the primate was a
monkey or a chimpanzee, Tampa police clarified that the exact
species was unknown, but that the sightings appeared to be credible.
(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Jonathan Kaminsky and Sandra
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