Published on October 10th, 2012 | by0
SHAKIN’ THE TREE
I’ve said it before, I will say it again: Monkeys are nasty, evil, and vile creatures. They belong in their native habitats, NOT dwelling among us humans. Proven correct again with this bit of information from, you guessed it, Florida.
The mystery monkey of Tampa Bay has been a celebrity for more than three years now. He has been spotted all over the Bay area, has his own Facebook page, been featured on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, and has been a popular resident in south St. Petersburg… until now.
The rhesus macaque has bitten someone in the area of Boyd Hill Nature Park, an elderly woman.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated:
“I was in shock. He’s been here about a year and a half, that we’ve known… but they’re still wild animals,” she says. “Lately he’s gotten aggressive with male teenagers, male people. And the people in the neighborhood stay at a distance, but they don’t realize at any given moment, he could flip.”
And flip he did. Right onto the victim’s back. Jeff Seilbach is a neighbor of the woman who was attacked, and says it was just a matter of time. “You should see my neighbor’s back. The bite marks and claw marks. It just shows you what this animal is capable of,” says Seilbach.
“He gets up in my tree and starts shaking it because he wants to be fed. If you don’t feed him, he cops an attitude,” says Seilbach.
The victim doesn’t want the monkey “put down”. She wants it captured and sent to a peaceful sanctuary to live out the rest of its life.