|Banana Sam after he was rescued|
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Banana Sam Found
On Thursday, a monkey was stolen from San Francisco Zoo. The thieves had cut two holes into the monkey exhibit and took the monkey. There is a $5000 reward for the person who finds and brings back the monkey to San Francisco Zoo.
At Stern Grove Park, minutes before 9 p.m. on Saturday, a resident found Banana Sam, a male Squirrel Monkey ( see Monkey Stolen From Zoo for more information), walking by a tree. The resident coaxed the Squirrel Monkey into their own backpack. The person returned Banana Sam to San Francisco Zo, and later zoo officials verified its identity. Banana Sam looked hungry, thirsty, and frightened. It's not certain that the rescuer got the reward. Zookeepers returned Banana Sam to the other 17 Squirrel Monkeys. This is an act of vandalism and trespassing. The police are trying to find the burglar. No one has been arrested yet. On Friday, the news about how Banana Sam got stolen spread very quickly. Someone had also set up a fake Twitter account tracking the whereabouts of Banana Sam. The zookeepers and workers at San Francisco Zoo are very happy about the return of their beloved Squirrel Monkey, Banana Sam, the oldest in all of the Squirrel Monkeys at the zoo.