29 September 2011, JellyBean @ 5:07 am

Skunk Ape or just a big monkey?

Authorities in Florida said a large monkey, estimated to be 4 feet tall when on all fours, has been spotted at least four times in the St. Cloud region.

Osceola County Animal Control and the St. Cloud Police Department said the primate has been spotted in the area on at least four occasions, once behind a Home Depot store in Dakota Avenue and three times in the Wisconsin Avenue area, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Wednesday.

Authorities said they do not know where the animal came from and they are encouraging anyone who spots the monkey to call police or Animal Control.

Les Platt, who lives in the Wisconsin Avenue area, said the monkey was spotted by some houseguests.

“He just walked across, and then he stood upright on his two hind legs. Up to that point, they thought they were looking at a wildcat,” Plett said. “I lived in the Philippines, I had a number of pet monkeys — and they can be very mean and can bite — so maybe someone just got tired of taking care of the monkey.”

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