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Wild monkey spotted in central Florida neighborhood

Associated Press logo Associated Press 25/04/2017

APOPKA, Fla. — Wildlife officials are warning central Florida residents to stay away from wild monkeys after one was spotted in the area.

A rhesus monkey was spotted over the weekend in the Orlando suburb of Apopka.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are asking residents to stay away from the monkey and to call a hotline if it's spotted again.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2q0PYRs ) reports that the primates are native to central and South Asia and are spotted from time to time in central Florida.

The monkeys' predecessors were thought to have been brought to Silver Springs State Park in the 1930s to bolster the river-cruise tourist attraction.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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