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Monkey stolen from [San Francisco] California zoo found safe
CNN ^ | January 1, 2012

Posted on 01/01/2012 7:16:39 AM PST by Zakeet

Banana-Sam, a much-loved squirrel-monkey stolen from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, has been safely returned, officials said.

The monkey was found Saturday night -- a day after he disappeared from the zoo -- at a park by a passer-by who spotted the primate in the bushes, the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.

The passer-by coaxed the monkey from the bushes into his backpack, and then called the authorities, according to the statement.

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The male monkey, known as Banana-Sam to his keepers, is age 17, over 12 inches tall and weighs about 2 lbs. Corrine MacDonald, the curator of primates and carnivores, told CNN affiliate KGO earlier Saturday that squirrel monkeys can live into their 20s, saying his relatively advanced age could put him at more risk.

Banana Sam' keepers warned the public that while he looks very cute, he is not a pet -- and can deliver a nasty nip. The curator said such monkeys carry diseases and can cause serious infections if they bite a human.

The monkey needs a specialized diet to stay healthy, the zoo says.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; crime; monkey

Word is the exhausted critter was spotted as the guest of honor at a dozen or so Bay Area New Year's Eve Parties, helped occupy one of the city parks, attended a Nasty Pelosi fundraiser, briefly participated in a save the trees rally in Berkley, and is now a registered Democrat voter. Police would have caught him much sooner, but they were not allowed to stop and question illegal aliens in the sanctuary city.

1 posted on 01/01/2012 7:16:41 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Glad to hear he’s ok.


2 posted on 01/01/2012 7:19:54 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Zakeet

Not everyone can coax a monkey into a backpack. That’s a gift.


3 posted on 01/01/2012 7:20:55 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Happy Newt Year!)
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To: Zakeet

Stop monkeying around.


4 posted on 01/01/2012 7:21:34 AM PST by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: Zakeet

Isn’t this the zoo where the tiger jumped the enclosure a couple of years ago and killed someone?


5 posted on 01/01/2012 7:25:13 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Zakeet

I’m guessing the thief found out pretty quickly that monkeys bite! Too bad...hehehe I’m just glad they found the little guy healthy and unharmed.


6 posted on 01/01/2012 7:28:24 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: Zakeet

What was in the safe?


7 posted on 01/01/2012 7:30:58 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: Zakeet

The thieves discovered that gerbils were better


8 posted on 01/01/2012 7:36:58 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash
I’m guessing the thief found out pretty quickly that monkeys bite! Too bad...hehehe I’m just glad they found the little guy healthy and unharmed.

They stink too. In the 60s, a friend had a spider monkey as a pet - the whole house smelled so bad I couldn't stand it and I was only 12 and not as "sensitive" to that kind of stuff.

9 posted on 01/01/2012 7:42:02 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: RightGeek

Yes, but how did he make it all the way to a luxury hideaway in Hawaii?


10 posted on 01/01/2012 7:42:35 AM PST by twister881
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To: Zakeet
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11 posted on 01/01/2012 7:43:22 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Oztrich Boy

And did the owner of the safe offer the monkey a reward?


12 posted on 01/01/2012 7:45:55 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Jonty30
Well....San Francisco, huh? I'd hire a sexual abuse counselor and ask the monkey to show us on a doll “where the bad mans buggered him”.
13 posted on 01/01/2012 7:46:52 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Zakeet

Did he become a NPR listener, too? What’s his DU screen name?


14 posted on 01/01/2012 7:57:00 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lady Lucky

He might not be able to use that backpack again.


15 posted on 01/01/2012 7:59:42 AM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: Lady Lucky

“Not everyone can coax a monkey into a backpack. That’s a gift.”

Are you thinking the same thing I am? That this story is a little on the “fishy” side? Still, all’s well that ends well, I guess.


16 posted on 01/01/2012 8:00:06 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: JoeDetweiler

how do you get a monkey in a backpack?

simple, first get him to put his nose in.


17 posted on 01/01/2012 8:03:29 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Zakeet

“Banana Sam” “much loved” “San Francisco” - Where was Barney Frank when this was going on? The horror....the horror.


18 posted on 01/01/2012 8:18:36 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Brilliant
Isn’t this the zoo where the tiger jumped the enclosure a couple of years ago and killed someone?

Yes, I believe so.

19 posted on 01/01/2012 8:46:06 AM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Brilliant
Hmmm.. about 8+ years ago, a (liberal newspaper editor) ZOO guest had
his big toe bitten by a Komodo Dragon...sorrowful he (the guest) lived. :-\

20 posted on 01/01/2012 9:21:25 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: JoeDetweiler

Yes, I would say it’s fishy. Monkeys are smarter than dogs and cats. Can you imagine a dog or cat getting into a stranger’s backpack?


21 posted on 01/01/2012 9:31:47 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Happy Newt Year!)
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To: Zakeet
Monkey stolen from [San Francisco] California zoo found safe

Ooooooo, I'm so tempted, so tempted.............

22 posted on 01/01/2012 4:10:28 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Zakeet

The finder carried the monkey on his back?


23 posted on 01/01/2012 4:14:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lady Lucky

24 posted on 01/01/2012 4:24:27 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: Zakeet

According to police sources, the finder claimed to be the monkey’s uncle!


25 posted on 01/01/2012 4:27:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Zakeet

Can the monkey Do the Monkey?


26 posted on 01/01/2012 4:32:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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