Monkey Business

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 10:42am

Florida neighborhood is on the lookout for an escaped macaque.

A monkey remains on the loose in Palm Coast, Florida.

Deputies first responded Sunday around 9 a.m. to a report of monkey in a tree.

They contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Flagler County Animal Control.

Representatives from both agencies found the monkey in a tree around 12:30 p.m. Animal Control tried to use a tranquilizer dart on the animal, but the monkey didn't fall.

John Brueggen, director of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm said the monkey appears to be a macaque, which are typically found in southeast Asia.

This type of animal is often used in lab research or as an exotic pet.

There were two more reported sightings Monday.

The animal is described as slightly larger than a cat with brown and white markings on its face and red bands around its eyes.

The monkey is not aggressive, but according to a statement from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office the public should not approach the animal; monkeys can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

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