Loose Monkey Outsmarts Humans

bad to the bone bookAs regular readers know, I’m an escape artist.

The technique I now employ differs from what I used as a puppy. These days I walk to the back of the yard to a spot outside of my parents’ view, and dig under the fence. My paw claw takes two or three strokes, then stops. I look around and make sure I’m not noticed, then continue on if appropriate. After the hole is sufficiently deep, I’ll gnaw off the bottom of the fence post so as not to scratch my back on the way to freedom.

This process may take a day or two since getting caught means my work was for naught.  Patience is what I preach. Well, when planning an escape anyway.

Once free I’ll cruise the neighborhood visiting friend and foe alike. It isn’t until I’m sufficiently dirty, or hungry, that I return to my humble abode. As I like to bark, you gotta live while you can.

That must be the same motto of a monkey in Florida. Turns out he’s been loose for over a year. The UPI has the details for you.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 4 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said a grinning monkey on the loose for more than a year once again evaded capture, despite being shot with two tranquilizer darts.

Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said commission officials, police and a wildlife rehabilitator responded Wednesday after the monkey was spotted in St. Petersburg, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Thursday.

Morse said the monkey, believed to be a rhesus macaque, was shot with two tranquilizers but still managed to flee its pursuers.

“The drugs just don’t seem to affect him for whatever reason,” wildlife rehabilitator Vernon Yates said. “We’ve increased the dosage every time that we’ve shot him. What we’re really doing is turning him into a drug addict.”

Yates said investigators do not know where the monkey came from, but it displays intelligence when fleeing capture.

“He runs to a busy street; he just doesn’t just run, dart through traffic like a normal cat or dog does,” Yates said. “He stops and looks.”

Morse said officials are appealing to the public and media to keep clear of the monkey to keep from scaring it away.

Note the date of the story; March4th. Then this morning I see this one.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 9 (UPI) — A Florida woman said she used a banana to try to lure a loose monkey spotted outside of her home, but the animal ran off after a few minutes.

Pam Gaylor of the Bahama Shores neighborhood of St. Petersburg said she saw the monkey, which has been on the loose in the Tampa Bay area for about a year, at about 11:30 a.m. Monday in her back yard, the St. Petersburg Times reported Tuesday.

Gaylor said the monkey ran along the side of her house and climbed a neighbor’s tree.

“I grabbed a banana and went outside and was chasing after him,” Gaylor said. “I thought he just looked like he needed food and I felt sorry for him.”

She said the monkey was in her line of sight for at least two minutes before slipping away.

The monkey, believed to be a male rhesus macaque, was first seen on the loose in the Tampa Bay area in late 2008. The animal was spotted during the weekend by residents in the southern part of St. Petersburg.

I researched this a bit more and found more news stories here, here, and here.

When it comes to escapes, this monkey means business.


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