Thursday, September 09, 2010

Florida's Mystery Monkey Spotted Checking Reflection

The Tampa Bay area's elusive mystery monkey appears to have finally found a friend:

It's himself.

Former St. Petersburg Times employee Don McBride saw the young male rhesus macaque, which has been on the loose for more than a year, and photographed the monkey gazing into a mirror in the Pinellas Point area. The monkey was in his neighbor's backyard near 56th Avenue S and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, McBride said.

"He had been here once before," McBride said. "I saw him in my rear window staring back at me, eating out of the bird feeder."

McBride saw the monkey again on Labor Day. The macaque — who has been seen in various parts of Pasco, Hills­borough and Pinellas counties — appeared to be staring into a cube with mirrors on all sides.

"My neighbors who used to own the house were artists, and they sold their house to artists," McBride said. "They've had that thing in their yard, and we never really knew what it was supposed to be."

The monkey appeared to drawn to it — or rather, to his own reflection in it — Monday morning.


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