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The monkey is back: Seminole couple sees primate in back yard

SEMINOLE — The monkey is back.

A Seminole couple reported Wednesday afternoon that they saw a monkey walking along their backyard fence. They called wildlife officials, who think it is the same monkey that has been seen several times over the last four months in Hillsborough and northern Pinellas counties.

Diane Flore and her husband said they saw the monkey about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

"You expect to see the birds. You expect to see the squirrels," Flore said. "We sure didn't expect to see a monkey."

The monkey was last seen in November in Palm Harbor. It also has been seen in East Tampa, Town 'N Country and Oldsmar.

The monkey, thought to be a macaque, has eluded officials for several months.

"By the time we get an officer out there, it's gone," said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Anyone who sees the monkey is asked to call the commission's hotline, 1-888-404-3922.

The monkey is back: Seminole couple sees primate in back yard 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 10:19pm]
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