A monkey that eats mail sounds like something you might hear about in a fairy tale that’s been concocted to teach a lesson, but that’s not the case this time around. This monkey really eats mail! Luckily a passerby noticed that a monkey sitting on top of a mailbox munching on the contents was not the norm for the neighborhood and called the police.
According to CBS News on September 28, Sanford Police Department officers are frequently called out to a neighborhood for alligators, snakes, bears and even a family of ducks that have waddled into the road, but this call was different. They were called out to a monkey eating mail, which was not only a first, but a bit of a bizarre call for these Florida cops.
The cops had such a fun time with this case that they decided to post it on their Facebook page. Because they didn’t know if this monkey was aggressive or not, five officers along with staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission decided to go get this monkey in a group.
After blocking off the road with police vehicles, one officer used a bottle of water to lure the monkey away from the busy street and it worked. The monkey was quite infatuated with that water bottle and he played with it for a while, but then he jumped on top of a patrol car and started to pull the molding off the roof.
According to ABC News the monkey had escaped from the owner’s home. When the owner showed up to join in on the chase, he introduced the monkey as “Zeek” to the people in pursuit of the little fellow. After what the police describe as the monkey leading them on a “wild chase,” the owner was able to get Zeek to come to him and he cradled the monkey in his arms.
The chase lasted all of 20 minutes before the monkey had enough and decided to go to its owner. The man did have a permit for this monkey. Police were just happy to respond to a call of a lighthearted nature for a change. Much like other police departments, many of their calls lead to disturbing outcomes, so the Sanford Police enjoyed this change of pace!