Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Mystery Monkey gets a new home

SEMINOLE — It's official: Cornelius, the rhesus macaque formerly known as the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, will be moved to a zoo in Pasco County early next week.

The move is taking place after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials visited wildlife rescuer Vernon Yates on Thursday at his Seminole facility to officially hand over custody of the rhesus macaque.

Cornelius was captured Oct. 24 in a St. Petersburg neighborhood near Lake Maggiore, about three weeks after he bit a woman outside her home.

Yates said he will take Cornelius to Dade City's Wild Things, his new permanent home, early next week.

A larger, temporary cage and a female companion are waiting for Cornelius at the zoo.

"It's all done," said zoo director Kathy Stearns. "Complete and ready to go."

Once Cornelius is at the zoo, he will remain alone for some time to adjust to his new surroundings, Stearns said. When he's settled in, a female macaque will be placed with him. Other female macaques may also keep Cornelius company later.

Wildlife officials also visited Dade City's Wild Things on Thursday to inspect the new cage and make sure it complies with requirements, said spokesman Baryl Martin.

Laura C. Morel can be reached at (727)893-8713, or lmorel@tampabay.com.

Mystery Monkey gets a new home 11/29/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Observations from a liberal, gay, Latino, feminist Florida House freshman

    Blogs

    State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando,  rocked the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus dinner at Tallahassee's Hotel Duval Satursday night with his unabashedly liberal and passionate take on the myriad issues he said are key to LGBTQ Floridians. Among them: Access to guns, Reproductive rights, home …

    Carlos G. Smith
  2. Delta Sigma Theta honors outgoing national president

    Human Interest

    During her four years as national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Paulette Walker said she always focused on the comma between "Sorority" and "Inc."

    Paulette Walker, the former director of undergraduate programs and internship in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, will be honored on Saturday for her leadership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
  3. 10 sailors missing, 5 hurt in collision of USS John S. McCain

    SEOUL —Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

    In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain patrols in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. Ten sailors were missing, and five were injured, the Navy said. [James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP]
  4. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion

    Fire

    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  5. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.