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1086693 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-04-11 16:49:45.0 UTC 2010-04-11T12:49:45.000-04:00 latest-monkey-sighting-eating-from-st-petersburg-bird-feeder Published 2010-04-12 13:19:40.0 UTC 2010-04-12T09:19:40.000-04:00 news/humaninterest DTI 61586416 ST. PETERSBURG — There appears to have been another sighting of the wild monkey that has captivated the Tampa Bay area for the past year. There's video footage of the monkey this time, too. Rick Coffey reported spotting the monkey Saturday in his back yard on Serpentine Drive in the Pinellas Point neighborhood at the southern tip of St. Petersburg. He said the monkey appeared to be hungry and scooped mouthfuls of seed out of a bird feeder. After it darted away, it came back 45 minutes later for more seed. Before Coffey got a good look at the creature, he at first thought it might be a cat. Officials believe the monkey is a young male rhesus macaque. No one is sure where it came from, but wildlife officials believe it could be an abandoned pet, or could have gotten separated from a group of wild monkeys in a state park near Ocala. Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife have been trying to catch the monkey for more than a year. Sightings have been reported in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties — including several weeks ago in the Pinellas Point area. Wildlife experts caution that residents should be careful when near the monkey, which could be carrying diseases like hepatitis B. The monkey has become famous, with thousands of followers on Facebook and a mention on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Mike Brassfield can be reached at brassfield@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4160. By Mike Brassfield, Times Staff Writer Human Interest_News,News,Pinellas,breaking-news 77293148001 Latest monkey sighting: eating from St. Petersburg bird feeder MBRASSFIELDN The elusive scavenger chows down at a backyard feeder, then returns for seconds.<br/><br/> 4STB B Section dhvjzrzmu2vc dhvjz Monkey spotted gobbling birdseed St. Petersburg 3 monkeysighting041210.4st Monkey spotted gobbling birdseed 2010-04-12 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-04-12T00:00:00.000-04:00 The mystery monkey paid two visits to a yard on Serpentine Drive in the Pinellas Point neighborhood on Saturday. resources/images/dti/2010/04/b4s_monkey041210_116769a.jpg RICK COFFEY | Special to the Times resources/images/dti/rendered/2010/04/b4s_monkey041210_116769a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2010/04/b4s_monkey041210_116769a_8col.jpg Special report: Mystery Monkey roams treetops of Tampa Bay eluding capture http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2010/reports/mystery-monkey/ true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/04/11/61586416-latest-monkey-sighting-eating-from-st-petersburg-bird-feeder StaffArticle news,human interest_newsHuman Interest News ArticlesST. PETERSBURG — There appears to have been another sighting of the wild monkey that has captivated the Tampa Bay area for the past year.Human Interest_News,News,Pinellas,breaking-newsHuman Interest_News,News,Pinellas,breaking-news<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MIKE BRASSFIELD</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2288053 2016-08-03 23:32:58.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago st-petersburgs-latest-pier-brouhaha-how-many-restaurants-does-it-need news/localgovernment St. Petersburg's latest Pier brouhaha: how many restaurants does it need? StaffArticle 2289072 2016-08-11 14:39:02.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago macaw-heist-from-st-petersburg-mobile-home-ends-in-arrest news/publicsafety/crime Macaw heist from St. Petersburg mobile home ends in arrest StaffArticle 2289935 2016-08-17 23:58:36.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago questions-arise-about-which-neighborhoods-benefit-from-new-st-petersburg news/growth Questions arise about which neighborhoods benefit from new St. Petersburg funds StaffArticle <p> ST. PETERSBURG — There appears to have been another sighting of the wild monkey that has captivated the Tampa Bay area for the past year. </p> <p> There's video footage of the monkey this time, too. </p> <p> Rick Coffey reported spotting the monkey Saturday in his back yard on Serpentine Drive in the Pinellas Point neighborhood at the southern tip of St. Petersburg. </p> <p> He said the monkey appeared to be hungry and scooped mouthfuls of seed out of a bird feeder. After it darted away, it came back 45 minutes later for more seed. Before Coffey got a good look at the creature, he at first thought it might be a cat. </p> <p> Officials believe the monkey is a young male rhesus macaque. No one is sure where it came from, but wildlife officials believe it could be an abandoned pet, or could have gotten separated from a group of wild monkeys in a state park near Ocala. </p> <p> Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife have been trying to catch the monkey for more than a year. Sightings have been reported in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties — including several weeks ago in the Pinellas Point area. </p> <p> Wildlife experts caution that residents should be careful when near the monkey, which could be carrying diseases like hepatitis B. </p> <p> The monkey has become famous, with thousands of followers on Facebook and a mention on the<i> Colbert Report</i> on Comedy Central. </p> <p> <i>Mike Brassfield can be reached at brassfield@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4160.</i> </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:43:20