How would you feel to rush outside, look up onto your roof and see a monkey standing there, staring down at you? Surprised? To say the least.
My friend thought a man was walking on her roof. She looked outside from the backyard but didn't see anything. It wasn't until her daughter ran inside crying, "Mom come look, there's a monkey standing on our roof." By the time they made it outside, the monkey was on his way to another roof and then across the street, before he disappeared.
But in Florida? Yes, we have plenty of loose monkeys within the state. In 2006 several Patas monkeys escaped from the Lakeland Park. This African monkey grows to 3 feet and can run 34 mph. Fast little buggers. They prefer to live in open areas and eat insects, seeds, and plant tubers. Florida suits them quite well.
The story goes ... during the shooting of several Tarzan films (1930 to 1948) in and around Port Charlotte, Florida, rounding up the monkeys after filming became a huge job. The film crew decided that gathering up the primates was the waste of time, money and effort. I'm sure since the Johnny Weissmuller days, these adorable animals have multiplied and enjoyed living in Florida. It's paradise!
Another monkey story . . . according to the Charlotte County Sun Herald Newspaper, http://www.sunnewspapers.net/ , dated March 5, 2010, page four, a rhesus macaque monkey had been spotted in the Tampa Bay area, but eluded capture again. It ducked behind a church and drugstore, escaping to enjoy its freedom for another day. The wildlife personnel in charge of capturing the monkey reported that this "primate is smart, even stopping to check traffic before crossing a busy street."
So if you see a monkey on your roof, you are not the first person to have this monumental experience and probably won't be the last. Enjoy the view, wave and smile. It's Florida.