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Rhesus Macaque Monkey On The Loose In Central Florida

Posted: 05/08/2012 2:19 pm Updated: 05/08/2012 2:20 pm

Monkey Loose Winter Springs

A loose monkey in Central Florida inspired a rash of 911 calls when the sneaky primate was spotted climbing through trees and in backyards.

The monkey, identified by Florida Fish and Wildlife as a rhesus macaque, was first seen last Friday in Casselberry, reports My Fox Orlando.

Two days later, two people called 911 after spotting the monkey in nearby Oviedo, reports Local 6.

And on Monday, a Winter Springs man spotted it eating an orange on top of his pool screen as reported by WESH 2.

FWC warns that the monkey may be aggressive and pose possible health risks as the species can carry the simian herpes B virus.

Area parents are concerned that local kids will try to interact with the monkey. Local 6 spoke with 9-year-old Jonah Cockerham who said, "Maybe I want to dance with it, but I don't want to get killed."

Rhesus macaques are native to South, Central and Southeast Asia, but there are feral colonies in the U.S. particularly in Florida.

A man known as 'Captain Tom' gives boat tours along Silver River to take tourists by a wild troop of rhesus macaques.

Although some believe that the Florida troops originated from monkeys gone rogue during 1930s 'Tarzan' movie filmings, they may also be escaped pets or the offspring of animals inadvertently released from zoos after the destruction of Hurricane Andrew.

Click below for more images of rhesus macaques:

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  • Description 1 Juvenile en:<span class='searchmatch'>Rhesus</span> <span class='searchmatch'>macaque</span> | <span class='searchmatch'>Rhesus</span> <span class='searchmatch'>macaque</span> (Category:Macaca mulatta | Macaca mulatta ), Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico. | <b>...</b>

  • Description 1 <span class='searchmatch'>Rhesus</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Macaque</span> Macaca mulatta in Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India. | Source | Author J.M.Garg | <b>...</b>

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  • Description 1 One female and one young <span class='searchmatch'>Rhesus</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Macaque</span>, photo made in the Red Fort in Agra, India. 1 מקוקי רזוס - נקבה וגור. <span class='searchmatch'>Rhesus</span> <span class='searchmatch'>Macaques</span>. <b>...</b>

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