Police in Sanford, FL. said they cited the owner of a monkey on Monday after it was caught on video shaking a street sign.
This marked the second time the monkey had gotten loose from his cage.
Police said shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday they received a call from a resident in the Hidden Lakes subdivision reporting that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox.
When police arrived, the Macaque, named ‘Zeek,’ pulled off the molding from a patrol car, officers said.
According to police, Zeek was distracted with a bottle of water until his owner came and retrieved him.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Zeek manipulated and twisted the clasps and latch on the locked door to escape from his cage.
The owner was cited for needing to update his critical incident plan and clean some rust on his cage. FWC said the owner completed the repairs and upgrades to the cage as officials were still on scene.
Police said that the monkey found on Monday is the same monkey that escaped from its owner and bit a person.
FWC said the owner petitioned to get the monkey back from the animal sanctuary and was successful after agreeing to redo the monkey's cage.
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