Wily Monkeys Elude Trappers

5 still at large after April escape from safari preserve in Florida
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 1:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Trappers have managed to catch 10 of 15 patas monkeys that escaped from a central Florida wildlife preserve in April, the Tampa Tribune reports. But the remaining five primates continue to evade capture through a mix of guile and speed; trappers say they know where they are, but have so far been helpless to bring them in.

The monkeys, rescued from Puerto Rico, were in their enclosure a mere two days before they crossed a 60-foot moat and scaled the fence on the other side. From there, they broke into two groups and began frustrating their pursuers, with most running free for more than a month. They aren’t considered dangerous, however, and appear to be healthy.