December 31st, 2011
03:27 AM ET

Monkey business: Thieves swipe primate from California zoo

Concern was growing Saturday for the welfare of a much-loved male squirrel monkey stolen from an enclosure at San Francisco Zoo in California.

Zoo workers discovered the theft Friday morning, when they found a back perimeter gate had been breached and two holes cut in the mesh fence of the squirrel monkey exhibit.

The missing monkey, known as Banana-Sam to his keepers, is 17 years old, over 12 inches tall and weighs about 2 lb.

But his keepers warn that while he looks very cute, he is not a pet - and can deliver a nasty nip.

"He has extremely sharp teeth and will definitely bite if provoked, which can cause infections right away," the zoo said.

Primate curator Corinne MacDonald told CNN affiliate KTVU she was very worried about Banana-Sam's well-being.

"Stress can actually kill a monkey that small," she said. "They are highly social animals and should not be alone, and he's got cage-mates here that he's lived with almost all his life that are his friends, so to speak, that he needs to be with."

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  1. Brigadier Crawypaws

    @ Dr. Cantwell he he ūüėČ you figure it out! lol

    December 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Ducky‚ĄĘ

    I hope they can find this little guy.
    Why would someone steal him?
    I love his name: Banana Sam. Cute.

    @rooney:
    Especially bad this time of year, aren't they?

    December 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wetcat (in a toilet)

    Well, Dr. Cantwell still doesn't know if it's the same Crazypaws. Is it?

    December 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Why the contempt for a fellow poster @1:59?

    What has bc(iah)© done?

    Hope they catch the little guy before he strokes out.
    Poor little guy.

    December 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @banasy©
    Maybe we could find a rabid bat and send it to wetcat.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©:

    Yes, we could, but Robin might miss him.
    Unless Robin is a chicken.
    Then, we're all in trouble...bock bock.

    I still feel bad for the monkey.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)

    @ banasy©

    Dang that was funny. I almost hit floor.
    One more question. Was I supposed to take the feathers off first ?
    I look like a walking feather duster.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brigadier Crawypaws

    @ wetcat (in a toilet), I would thank you to show a little more respect to Dr. Cantwell! After all he DID spend nearly 50 years informing the public of the horrific acts done to so many. Being systematically murdered (genocide)

    December 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©

    Taking the feathers off is optional...depends on your personal taste...

    December 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)

    @banasy©

    I don't know, I kind of like it. It tickles my fancy.

    December 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©

    1) Who's Fancy, and does your wife know about her?

    OR:

    2) Ooooh, a "Tickle Me Bobcat‚ĄĘ".

    *There's* your retirment revenue!

    Choose wisely, Grasshopper.

    December 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)

    @banasy©
    Girl you are on a roll tonite. Thanks for the laughs.
    Hmm. Tickle Me Bobcat. That could give Elmo a run.

    December 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)

      Oh, and my wife IS "my fancy"

      December 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©

    Good answer to the fancy question, my friend.

    As to the Elmo, I don't know what you look like at all, but sight unseen, I'd prefer you.
    That Elmo is downright annoying!

    (I hope *your* laugh is less irritating!)

    December 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @banasy©
    I think you would like my laugh too. I've been told it's very contagious.

    December 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Primate Menu

    primate rangoon fried in peanut oil. lightly drizzle with crush mandarin orange and lemongrass sauce with dill garnished.

    primate brain gelatin mold served cold over a bed of seasalted romain lettuce garnished with lemon wedges.

    hickory smoked grilled ginger and soysauce primate steak serve over carmelized brown sugar banana peel and glazed pecans and mango chutney

    disclaimer:
    eating raw or partially cooked may posed health risks.

    December 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
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