Saturday, 24 March 2012

Feral monkey spotted in Bradenton business park

BRADENTON, FL. - There appears to be some monkey business going on at the Lakewood Business Park off of Cortez Road in Bradenton. A small critter resembling a capuchin monkey was caught on surveillance video early Monday morning.

Employees at the business park are now trying to come up with a name for the little guy, who they say is their new mascot.

“You can clearly see he's a monkey. He's up there, he's got the movements of a monkey. He’s got the tail, the legs, he's a capuchin.” Linda Lamp, the property manager at Lakewood Business Park on 32nd Street West, got her first glimpse of the little guy when she was looking at surveillance video of the property's dumpster. “I said that a monkey? I've had a lot of weird things happen here. I have never considered we would have a monkey on the property.”

News of the monkey sighting spread quickly to the business owners.

“I couldn’t believe it. It was like we were in a different country,” says Linda Craig with Manasota Operation Troop Support. She sends care packages with food to troops overseas. When the food she has expires, she throws it out in the dumpster where the monkey was spotted. “We are pleased to have him here. We would love for him to hang around.”

Capuchins are native to South and Central America, but many people in the states own them as pets.

According to Kay Rosaire at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, it's likely this one escaped or was abandoned by its owner. “They are a wonderful animal, but they have to be in the right hands.”

For the time being, this one is on its own. But the mysterious monkey is bringing plenty of smiles to the employees at the business park.

Florida Fish and Wildlife is aware of the situation and may have an official come out to the area sometime soon. 

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