January 1st, 2012
05:27 AM ET

Monkey stolen from California zoo found safe

Banana-Sam, a much-loved squirrel-monkey stolen from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, has been safely returned, officials said.
The monkey was found Saturday night - a day after he disappeared from the zoo - at a park by a passer-by who spotted the primate in the bushes, the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.
The passer-by coaxed the monkey from the bushes into his backpack, and then called the authorities, according to the statement.
Police officers brought the monkey to the zoo, where officials determined it was the missing primate.

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  1. Tad

    That squirrel-monkey! Always monkeying around!!!

    January 1, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve M*US

      Somehow I don't think you were the first one to make a bad joke this year....

      January 1, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Much loved...

    food delicacy...lol

    January 1, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Much loved...

    mmm-mm, send it back to the zoo in a to go plate.

    January 1, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. rooney

    "The passer-by coaxed the monkey from the bushes into his backpack, and then called the authorities."
    Who was this guy? Some kind of Steve Irwin wanna-be? That was so potentially dangerous!
    Glad Banana-Sam is home safe.

    January 1, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Primate Menu

    arrrgggggh(chop)....better luck next time!

    disclaimer:
    subject to seasonal supply and food availability.

    January 1, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    I love this story! Banana-Sam, what a perfect name! Glad he's safe! It's a jungle out there 🙂 The stories about the animals have been some of the best news, last year! This is the 1st of the new year, hope this trend sticks, it gives me hope for humanity! Shout out to Happy Feet, the Antarctic penguin, who no dout has just rang in the new year, while regaling his friends w/ tales of his daring 2000 mi trip to New Zeeland & another 2000 mi back! Happy New Year to the turtle who got a new shell, the snake who made it back home, the monkey who read about the snakes break & made a break for a week! Also glad they made a movie about the dolphin w/ a prosthetic tail! If we can be kind to animals, maybe there's hope that we can be kinder to eachother, too! More hugs, less war!!

    January 1, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Happy New Year!

    I have to point this out: why was Banana Sam taken?

    There seems to be no point...

    Good thing the Monkey Whisperer was there...a good ending!

    January 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brigadier Crawypaws

    Ok my little 'Monkeys' come and get it

    I'm making spaghetti anyone want some? 😉

    meatloaf mix – fresh
    Olive oil – for meat pan and vegie pan
    1 Red onion – minced
    Peppers – red, yellow, green – diced
    Red wine – 1/4 cup – 'good quality'
    Beef broth – 1 cup
    Worcestershire sauce – to taste
    Mushrooms – the good kind, LOL 😉
    Pecarino Romano cheese
    Texas toast garlic bread – yummmm

    Throw some olive oil in a deep pot
    Throw in meat
    Break up with a potato masher
    Diced and mince up onions, peppers – in frying pan with olive oil and worcestershire sauce
    Now throw in the Wine, Worcestershire, beef broth, mushrooms
    let everything cook and throw it together at the end
    I usual just taste it to see if it's done enough for me

    Texas toast – wrap in foil throw in oven for about 7 minute minutes on 350'

    serve with your favorite pasta – I like Linguine

    sprinkle cheese to taste

    January 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brigadier Crawypaws

    Darn! left out
    Garlic powder – sprinkle to coat top of sauce
    Italian seasoning – sprinkle to coat top of sauce
    stir in
    ol, done!
    Happy New Years'

    January 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brigadier Crawypaws

    Omg I for got the SAUCE !!! HELLO

    Best tomato sauce is

    Don Pepino – 2, 28 oz cans

    Crap! I musta had too much Beer last night

    LMAO !!!!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    ...you closet Sicilian that was good...lol!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brigadier Crawypaws

    Why thank you Mmmmm 🙂

    January 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brigadier Crawypaws

    I'll Drink to that! 😉

    January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DR.RUFFNUTT

    Police officers brought the monkey to the zoo, where officials determined it was the missing primate.....
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    lol... like they are going to say.... no that's not him that's some other monkey...

    January 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DR.RUFFNUTT

    besides this thing seems like a bunch of monkey business... i think it was never stolen and someone left the door open...

    January 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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