Monkey, missing for 6 weeks, captured in Fla.
Missing circus monkey captured in central Fla. mobile home park with the lure of junk food
Last updated: 4:06 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2009
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. -- He spent six weeks on the lam from the circus, but Reggie the spider monkey has been captured with the help of junk food. Reggie had performed for the Liebel Family Circus for years, but he escaped on March 13 when the troupe did a show at a central Florida flea market. A search for the monkey came up empty-handed.
He was spotted a few weeks ago in a nearby neighborhood, looking lonely and scared but otherwise healthy. But a dog frightened him away before residents there could attract him with some food.
Then on Monday, Reggie was seen hanging from a tree at a mobile home park. Neighbors fed him Coke, potato chips and Twinkies until the circus owner Tom Liebel came to grab him.
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