The elusive macaque and Florida folk hero was captured Wednesday after a five-hour stakeout (and three-year, on-and-off search) in the woods of St. Petersburg.
The male monkey, who was the subject of a nearly 5,000-word New York Times story this summer, was caught by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman, a professional wildlife trapper and a veterinarian, CBS News reports.
After shooting the monkey with a tranquilizer dart and briefly chasing him through the woods, trapper Vernon Yates apparently caught the Rhesus Macaque with his hand and a catch pole. The monkey was taken to a veterinarian’s office.
His capture comes two weeks after biting a woman in south St. Petersburg. Of course, the monkey’s 86,000-strong Facebook following is devastated:
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