Violent Crime

* Squirrel Monkey Stolen From San Francisco Zoo Overnight

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UPDATE Click Here-Banana Sam found safe and returned to zoo.

San Francisco Zoo officials are asking for the public’s help today after a monkey was stolen from an exhibit overnight. This morning zoo staff discovered a 17-year-old male squirrel monkey, “Banana-Sam,” was missing from an exhibit that had been breached by vandals, according to a statement released by the zoo. Banana-Sam weighs approximately 2 pounds and is more than a foot tall, zoo officials said.

Despite the monkey’s small and cute appearance, it should not be handled as a pet because it has extremely sharp teeth and “will definitely bite if provoked,” officials said in the statement. According to zoo officials, the vandals cut a perimeter gate overnight and climbed on top of a roof sheltering five primate exhibits. The vandals cut two holes into the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit.

“This was a criminal act of vandalism and trespassing, and we are working with police to identify the perpetrators,” San Francisco Zoological Society president and executive director Tanya Peterson said. Banana-Sam arrived at the zoo with 20 other squirrel monkeys after funding for a local research program was discontinued.
“He is a valued member of the zoo, and we wish for a safe and speedy return,” officials said in the statement.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

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