Monkeys still on the loose

June 18, 2008 5:03:30 AM PDT
Ten monkeys are on the loose in Florida.

Officials say they have caught five of the 15 monkeys that escaped a facility in Polk County.

But they're still trying to round up the other ten.

The director of the preserve is confident that the animals will be captured soon because trappers know where they are living.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the monkeys apparently escaped their island home by swimming across a pond -- something they're not supposed to be able to do.

The monkeys escaped April 19th at the soon-to-be-open Safari Wild preserve.

Officials say the social but calm Patas monkeys are of no threat to people, but the search will continue until the remaining monkeys are captured.


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