Another Tampa Bay Mystery Monkey?

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Remember when St. Pete had a famous Mystery Monkey roaming free for three years before finally being captured? Well, now Tampa has its own mystery monkey.

No one has managed to snap a photo of the monkey or catch the little guy on video, but it’s been described to Tampa Police dispatchers.

“It was a relatively large monkey, I guess – about the size of a relatively big dog or something,” one caller reported. “Did someone lose a monkey or something?”

“It was a dark brown …. it looked two or three feet, more or less,” another caller described through broken English.

According to the Tampa Police department, officers are not actively looking for the monkey. They haven’t received any reports of it being dangerous and aren’t sure what kind of monkey it is.

The first call came in November 27 and the agency had received the most recent call Sunday. If officers spot the monkey, TPD says they will contact animal control.

Tampa Police released a YouTube compilation of 911 calls and the new Mystery Monkey is already gaining popularity. Reuters wrote about the monkey over the weekend. Huffington Post put that story up on its website under “weird news.” WESH in Orlando wrote about it and Tampa Bay’s Fox 13 interviewed several neighbors near where the monkey was spotted along the Hillsborough River near Lawry Park Zoo.

“Definitely, people have been up and down the street all day looking around, looking up in the trees,” Alex Llauget told the Fox affiliate. “That’s one way to get people to go crazy. Tell them there is a monkey around and they will start to go looking.”

The Zoo says all its monkeys are accounted for.

Tampa Police have poked fun at the situation, writing on its Facebook page that “there is no probable cause for this monkey’s arrest; however, we will work tirelessly to apprehend him.”

Not much has been written since the initial encounters, but the monkey business has the potential to go viral. St. Pete’s Mystery Monkey had its own Facebook page and was even the subject of a Colbert Report piece. That monkey, named Cornelius, now lives at an ecotourism zoo in Pasco County with his girlfriend, Luna. He was captured in 2012 after biting a woman feeding him.

Silliness aside, if any residents see the monkey, authorities say to call Tampa Police at 813-231-6130, not 911. Sightings can also be reported to Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email