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09/10/2012 06:36 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2012

Monkey Terrorizes Sandford, Florida, Neighborhood

A pet monkey escaped its backyard cage and ran amok in a central Florida neighborhood, biting and scratching two people, jumping on cars and chewing on a satellite dish.

Zeke, a 4-year-old pigtail macaque belonging to Jeff Jacques, began causing trouble for the residents in Sanford soon after breaking out of his confines Sunday, much like the simians in "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes."

Sherri Futrell says she first spotted Zeke jumping on top of neighborhood cars and trucks.

Futrell "threw a banana" at the monkey to distract him, but he wouldn't take it, she told CF News.

About five minutes later, Futrell says, Zeke was "in our backyard chilling out on our pool deck."

Samuel Boyleston says Zeke charged at him.

"It lunged at me… it came at my legs, so I just kind of kicked it. Tried to fling it off my leg like that."

Two people reported minor injuries from scratching and biting, WABC reports.

Jacques was hours away when Zeke escaped, Fox News reports. He told the network that he realized his monkey was gone when he saw someone posting about it on Facebook.

When Jacques arrived, the fugitive primate jumped into his truck, attracted by the sound of the familiar vehicle.

Zeke was loose for about two hours, according to CBS Tampa.

Since this is the second time Zeke has escaped in the past 2 months, Jacques will be taking the monkey to a wildlife refuge.

“He’s just too big, too strong," Jacques said, "and he’s going to get stronger.”

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