July 30, 2014
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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