Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Mystery St. Cloud Monkey Dies After Capture

A mysterious monkey captured in St. Cloud on Wednesday has died.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the monkey seemed to be doing well, but took a turn for the worse and died around 8:45 a.m.

Officials said the cause of death will not be determined until a necropsy is performed, but noted that the male monkey, believed to be a Rhesus, fell as many as 100 feet when he was tranquilized in a tree canopy Wednesday evening and captured by Animal Control.

"This is very unfortunate and sad. It was our goal to trap him and have him relocated to a setting that would be both safe for him and the community," said Animal Control Director Lee Radebaugh.

St. Cloud police said there was a sighting of a monkey Wednesday afternoon. Our news partner Local 6's helicopter Sky 6 saw the animal in a wooded area near a neighborhood around 5:30 p.m., and it was captured shortly after.

Witnesses told Local 6 on Tuesday that they spotted the primate several times, which they said is around 4 feet tall when standing.

Animal Control officers searched for the monkey in a blocked off an area near New Jersey and Wisconsin Avenues.

The 30-pound monkey was tranquilized in order to be captured and was taken to Animal Control.

Full story here.

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