Now the fugitive monkey is just taunting us. He's tweeting on the lam.
The wily rhesus macaque monkey, who has eluded trappers for more than a year as it traipsed across the Tampa Bay area, already has more than 50,000 Facebook friends. Now he is on Twitter daring animal control to find him and begging Gov. Charlie Crist to pardon him.
A Twitter account for Tampa Mystery Monkey called @MonkeyOnLoose is chittering over the Internet and getting a growing list of followers. (There is a rival @MysteryMonkeyTB, but the sense of humor there isn't nearly as cheeky.)
Some of our favorite monkey tweets:
"I'll be here for 5 minutes, animal control. Bring it! (@ Banana Joe's)."
"Petition @CharlieCristFL to grant a full pardon to @MonkeyOnLoose and #FreeTheMonkey."
"Note to self: Humans react much differently than my fellow rhesus macaques to having feces thrown at them."
"I'm a swinger."
"@SaxonHenry That's a little harsh. Shock the monkey? I'm just trying to survive here."
The monkey is quite interactive, welcoming followers immediately and taking questions.
Asked if he was descended from Tarzan's monkey, he chirped: "Tarzan and I are BF4L!"
After being dared by a fan to Geotag his tweets, he responded:
"No way! The @StPeteTimes is on me like yellow on banana."
He's also got cocktails in his honor
The mystery monkey apparently has inspired his own libations, courtesy of the Vinoy Renaissance Resort. Until he is apprehended, the Vinoy is doing two specialty monkey drinks. Guests are invited to dine indoors, outdoors or poolside for a cocktail in honor of the monkey business receiving national attention. The Mystery Monkey Martini features Absolut vanilla, creme de banana (duh), creme de cacao served with a chocolate rim with crumbled plantain chips. And the Monkey Trap — a frozen drink — has white rum, peach and apricot schnapps and banana puree.