September 1, 2014
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - 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.