Friday, January 19, 2018
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Not everyone is happy about Mystery Monkey's capture

Monkey's captors get calls, threats

The men who captured the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay say they've been getting threats from people upset the elusive rhesus macaque is behind bars.

Wildlife trapper Vernon Yates and veterinarian Don Woodman said some in the community are angry the monkey, who has since been nicknamed Cornelius, is no longer roaming free.

The monkey, who spent the past few years traipsing around Tampa Bay, was caught Wednesday in St. Petersburg. He is under quarantine at Yates' sanctuary in Seminole.

The plan is to reunite him with others of his kind after that.

Yates and Woodman said they got several calls in the first few days, but that things seem to be quieting down.

People have accused them of having a secret plan to kill the monkey, Woodman said.

"I don't know why everybody thinks we're going to euthanize this monkey," Woodman said. "It's just not true."

Times staff

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