Florida's 'Mystery Monkey' Finally Caught
Newly named 'Cornelius' is probably headed to a sanctuary
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2012 3:47 PM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2012 7:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A monkey who eluded Florida wildlife officials for nearly four years and became a sort-of unofficial neighborhood pet is on the lam no more. The Tampa Bay Times reports that animal-control officers finally caught the "mystery monkey" Wednesday with the help of a tranquilizer gun. Assuming the newly named "Cornelius" checks out fine after a 30-day quarantine, he'll probably be sent to a sanctuary with other monkeys.

"It's bittersweet" says one neighbor after the capture near Lake Maggiore. The monkey had bitten her three weeks ago, prompting the on-again, off-again search to get serious. Now the big question is whether Cornelius will mix in well with monkeys after years of living alone and among humans. One thing seems clear: He's overweight from too much human junk food.

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iq145
Oct 28, 2012 2:44 PM CDT
Cornelius? Should've named him Caesar! (Then hire him to replace some of those corrupt U.S. secret service agents)
reallybig
Oct 28, 2012 10:32 AM CDT
The MYSTERY of the mysterious Monkey? ..... CIA and FBI search finally ends... Monkey was the mystery leader of the "TOP SECRET" Team Obama Intelligence Services in Libya, supposedly...... Team Obama gave the monkey the 'questions" with possible answers in envelopes, and then gave him bananas .. and the monkey then picked an envelope .. and that's how Team Obama made their intelligence decisions...... CRAZY? .... Designed intelligence?
djglmt
Oct 28, 2012 8:54 AM CDT
and now the trapper that finally got it is getting threats from all the whackadoos...