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. Hugh Jass©

    I hope it delivers a nasty bite to whoever took it.

    December 31, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peacer

    Why would anyone steal a monkey. Maybe for sinister experiments.

    December 31, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    De mori. Huerta revaderchi. 🙂

    December 31, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hugh Jass©


    December 31, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hugh Jass c

    To my fake. You have failed. Why must you trolls start so early.

    December 31, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    probally an inside job....tired of working for peanuts!

    December 31, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hugh Jass c

    For real?

    December 31, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
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    December 31, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Linda

    Yea. Or she did it to find something in her level of intellect to interact with. Who knows,maybe that animal can teach her a few things

    December 31, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Don

    Seems like monkey business to me.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. rooney

    Poor Banana-Sam! I hope he's alright and makes it back to his home.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. rooney

    @Don: If you're going to use my u/n to have conversations with yourself please at least get my gender correct. I'm a girl.

    December 31, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dr. Cantwell

    This is nothing compared to the over 50,000 African chimpanzes per year that were butchered during our nations Viral Cancer Research Project that recieved huge congressional funding from 1962 until just before AIDS was "discovered". So many chimps were slaughtered it about drove the ape into extinction! Towords the end of the program, they were even experimenting on gay men in Manhattan! But then AIDS broke out and that was that.

    December 31, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brigadier Crawypaws

    @ Dr. Cantwell, 😉 Don't love when a headline lends itself to post something you were JUST talking about. Thanks for the information!

    'The gay experiment' as it was called started in Nazi Germany with German gays and Jews as Hitlers primary target.

    I gotta run now but will continue later

    P.s. Dr. Cantwell has been studing this for over 50 years btw

    December 31, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dr. Cantwell

    @Brigadier Crazypaws. I've seen your name on FB. (on one of my relatives pages) Is that really you, or did someone borrow your name?

    December 31, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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