The mystery of Hobo the baby monkey was gripping a village last night after he was found cowering in a tree.
Hobo, who is no bigger than a can of Coca-Cola, was first spotted near a road by villagers who failed to tempt him down to the ground with apples and berries.
After the crowd headed home, the monkey popped up again – in an ash tree in mechanic Marty Wright's back garden.
'My wife Lucy shouted at me to come quick as there was a monkey in the garden,' Mr Wright, 32, said. 'I must admit I thought “yeah, right, she's pulling my leg”.
'So I got the binoculars out and sure enough there was the little chap in the tree. He was sat up in a branch and was crying and in a bit of a state.
'I crouched down to make myself as small as possible, held a banana out and he very gingerly made his way down and put his feet on my wrist for balance.
'He started to eat the banana so with my other hand I grabbed him very carefully around the waist and brought him into the lounge.'
While Hobo was busily jumping on Mr Wright's hi-fi at his home in Beaminster, Dorset, he rang the Wildlife Park at Cricket St Thomas in Chard, Somerset.
They sent a keeper to pick up the six-month-old animal. He was said to be doing well by staff caring for him yesterday.
However his origins remain unknown as rhesus monkeys live in Afghanistan, India, Thailand and southern China and have been introduced to Florida.
Mr Wright said: 'Obviously because it's a monkey you have to have a licence to keep them, so whether someone had him illegally and let him go, we just don't know.
'Or he may have been liberated from a laboratory because they are used quite prolifically for experimentation.
'It's a bit of a mystery really.'