Police: Monkey 'Banana Sam' Stolen from SF Zoo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police are investigating the brazen theft of Banana Sam, a beloved elderly squirrel monkey, from the San Francisco Zoo.

San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the 17-year-old simian was reported stolen late Thursday, and that investigators believe someone deliberately broke into the zoo to steal the animal.

The zoo, which keeps more than a dozen squirrel monkeys, said it is concerned on many fronts.

First, Banana Sam requires a special diet to survive and is older.

Also, while squirrel monkeys are not large animals, they have sharp teeth and will bite if provoked.

Keeping a monkey as a pet is against the law in California.

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