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Missing S.F. Zoo monkey ‘Banana Sam’ is now tweeting

December 30, 2011 |  3:41 pm

Banana Sam squirrel monkey escaped from San Francisco Zoo
A monkey missing from the San Francisco Zoo might be in the hands of vandals, but one practical joker on Twitter would rather have us believing that Banana Sam is having fun touring San Francisco.

By Friday afternoon, someone had created a Twitter account for the 2-pound squirrel monkey that disappeared from the zoo after vandals broke into its exhibit.

"Arrived Fisherman's Wharf. People still wear fanny packs? Considering going back to zoo," @sf_BananaSam tweeted.

"OMG YOU GUYS RAINFOREST CAFE IS NOT WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE," said another tweet. "It's basically an Applebee's with a 'Sounds of the Jungle' CD playing. I'm out."

He was joking about free rides on San Francisco's cable cars and encouraging local radio stations to add a more primate-friendly line-up -- perhaps "Monkeyshines, featuring Banana Sam."

Meanwhile, authorities are searching for vandals who cut holes into the mesh. Banana 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.

This brings to mind an Egyptian cobra that disappeared from the Bronx Zoo in April. He managed to attract 200,000 Twitter followers before he was found six days later –- still at the zoo, curled up in a dark corner of the reptile house.

Let's hope Banana Sam has found an equally safe place to hide. Just in case, 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