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Hunt underway for monkey that escaped from San Francisco Zoo

December 30, 2011 |  2:46 pm

Banana Sam squirrell monkey escaped from San Francisco Zoo
A hunt is underway in San Francisco to find a 2-pound squirrel monkey that disappeared from the zoo Friday morning after vandals broke into its exhibit.

Banana Sam, 17 years old, disappeared overnight after vandals cut two holes into the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit. 

Sam is 1 foot tall and looks harmless but has sharp teeth and "will definitely bite if provoked," San Francisco Zoo officials said in a statement.

The monkey arrived at the zoo with 20 other squirrel monkeys after a local research program ended.

"He is a valued member of the zoo, and we wish for a safe and speedy return," officials said in their announcement.

Anyone with information on Sam's location can call the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-8090.


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Photo: Banana Sam, a 2-pound squirrel monkey. Credit: San Francisco Zoo