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October 11, 2012

Infamous Tampa Bay Mystery Monkey Attacks Elderly Woman in St. Petersburg

By Chad Love

Tampa Bay, Florida's infamous "Mystery Monkey" has struck again. The wily primate, which has been on the loose for four years now and has gained national attention, apparently attacked a lady in St. Petersburg.

From this story on the local Fox News affiliate:

Wildlife officials are working to trap Tampa Bay's infamous mystery monkey after it reportedly bit and scratched a 60-year-old woman in south St. Petersburg Wednesday. The monkey has been on the run for several years, spotted as far north as Pasco County, Temple Terrace, Town ‘N Country, and Clearwater before ending up in the southern tip of Pinellas County. That's where the monkey has taken refuge for the past year and a half, without much attention. But that all changed Wednesday when authorities say the monkey came from behind the woman while she was sitting on the ground. It's not exactly clear what happened, but the woman ended up with scratches and bite marks.


According to the story, this attack may be curtains for Mystery Monkey, as wildlife officials will now step up efforts to trap him. The monkey has been hanging out and being fed in that particular neighborhood for the past 18 months, but apparently an angry monkey is no fun, so residents say he's got to go.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I wouldn't spend a lot of effort trying to trap him. Shoot on sight would be my strategy.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I think a 12 guage turkey load would take care of that handily.

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from Greenhead wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I am a big fan of that particular monkey and his refusal to do as he's told. I am sorry the lady was injured, but I hope the monkey manages to continue to elude authorities. Viva Mystery Monkey!

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from natureonthefly wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

just watched rise of the planet of the apes today. found it amusing that this story popped up today. gotta be careful of our crazy cousins!

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from Lexer Wolf wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

The monkey must be "eliminated" by any means necessary. I would love to get the call to hunt it.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I wouldn't spend a lot of effort trying to trap him. Shoot on sight would be my strategy.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I think a 12 guage turkey load would take care of that handily.

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from Greenhead wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I am a big fan of that particular monkey and his refusal to do as he's told. I am sorry the lady was injured, but I hope the monkey manages to continue to elude authorities. Viva Mystery Monkey!

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from natureonthefly wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

just watched rise of the planet of the apes today. found it amusing that this story popped up today. gotta be careful of our crazy cousins!

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from Lexer Wolf wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

The monkey must be "eliminated" by any means necessary. I would love to get the call to hunt it.

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