POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:00pm
CLEARWATER, FL - Wildlife authorities in Florida are asking for the public's help in locating a rhesus macaque monkey that is on the loose.
"We have an officer looking," said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "Generally, the public has a lot more eyes than we do."
The primate was seen Tuesday leaping from a tree in Clearwater, and scampering through a parking lot and into some brush.
A commission officer and a trapper are at the ready in the area.
Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater's public safety spokeswoman, said that, to the best of her knowledge, police officers are not actively searching for the animal.
Morse has said the commission does not know where the animal came from.
Anyone who likes to keep a member of the species as a pet needs to get a permit, as monkeys are considered non-native wildlife and require special caging and care