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Cute squirrel monkey stolen from zoo

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"Banana-Sam," a squirrel monkey like this one from the San Francisco Zoo, was returned safely Saturday night. (Lisa Williams/Flickr 2010)

He’s cute. He’s furry. He bites. And he’s been stolen.

Police are asking for help in locating “Banana-Sam,” a two-pound, one-foot-tall squirrel monkey swiped from the San Francisco Zoo last night by intrepid vandals.

Zoo officials say the monkey-thieves broke into the Zoo overnight, cutting holes in two fences to swipe the 17-year-old Banana-Sam from his exhibit.

Zoo workers discovered the breach this morning, and are working with police for his return.

Squirrel monkeys are indigineous to Central and South America with a lifespan of about 20 years. Approximately 3,500 are thought to remain in the wild after deforestation of their native habitat.

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

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