Ohio police and perhaps 'Man with the
Yellow Hat' on lookout for monkey
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[February 08, 2016]
By Kim Palmer
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - In an escape worthy
of popular cartoon monkey "Curious George," police in Minerva Park,
Ohio, have alerted the public to a simian on the loose.
First spotted by a police officer on Thursday in the heavily
wooded Columbus suburb in central Ohio, the suspected "medium sized"
howler monkey has evoked chuckles in the community while local and
state officials search for an animal they suspect may have been
A Facebook post by the Minerva Park Police Department included a
photo of a howler monkey with the explanation "the below photo has
been picked by the witness as the monkey they saw."
One person responded with what he said was a sketch of the suspected
owner, posting a cartoon picture of "the Man with the Yellow Hat,"
the anonymous owner of the popular monkey in the "Curious George"
children's book series.
Another person expressed relief that the police had posted the
monkey picture so he could "differentiate it from all the other
monkeys on the loose in Minerva Park."
The monkey was seen again on Friday morning by a newspaper delivery
man, Minerva Park Police Chief Kim Nuesse said. “He flagged down an
officer and told him he had just almost run down a monkey.”
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Female howler monkeys can reach up to 20 pounds (9 kg) and males up
to 40 pounds and they eat mostly leaves and live in the rain forests
of South and Central America, said Tad Schoffner, curator of animals
at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which has seven howler monkeys.
Schoffner worries about the monkey's survival given the cold
weather, and even wonders if it is actually a spider monkey.
(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Writing by Ben Klayman; Editing by Matthew
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