Is there another monkey on the loose in Tampa Bay?

December 2nd, 2014 by Staff

Cornelius managed to avoid capture for four years - he now resides at Wild Things in Dade City.

(BTLS.COM Staff) TAMPA – Is there another ‘Mystery Monkey,’ running round the Bay area?

Last week Tampa Police issued last Friday after receiving 9-1-1 calls about a wandering primate not far from the Lowry Park Zoo. Investigators contacted the facility and were told all monkeys were present and accounted for.

Late Monday a commuter on U.S. 301 saw a monkey making his way across the roadway just east of Sligh Ave. The two Thanksgiving calls from the same area.

The distance between Monday’s sighting and the two last week is approximately five miles.

A spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirms dispatchers received the monkey sighting call on Monday. The matter has been turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A rhesus macaque was on the loose in the Bay area from 2008 until his capture in October 2012. Cornelius now resides at Wild Things in Dade City. He is considered the Bay area’s original ‘Mystery Monkey.’

If you have seen the monkey please call the FFWCC hotline at (888) 404-3922.

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