“Zeek” the monkey has become sort of a fixture in one Sanford, Florida neighborhood. The curious monkey was trying to fill up his day with some unusual activities. I guess you can’t blame him – life in the suburbs can get a little boring. But when things got a little too wild, police had to be called in.
A resident called the Sanford Police Department Monday morning reporting a monkey “eating mail out of a mailbox.”
Zeek was found sitting on top of a neighbor’s mailbox when cops arrived on the scene. “Our officers are ready for anything — literally,” Public Information Officer Shannon Cordingly told CBS News.
Five police officers, along with members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, responded to the call as a precaution.
The officers distracted Zeek with a bottle of water, while trying to coax the monkey off the mailbox and keep him away from the busy street. He then jumped on top of a nearby patrol car. While ‘resisting arrest’ — Zeek started peeling molding off the car.
After the monkey did some minor damage to the cruiser, a small chase ensued. After about 20 minutes, the monkey’s owner was able to lure Zeek safely back into his arms.
Police had a little fun with it, when the incident was all over. One Sanford Lieutenant snapped a selfie with Zeek. “Did the monkey get charged with the vandalism to the Patrol Car? Animal Mischief?” one user asked, after the department posted some photos on social media.
While the call was certainly “out of the ordinary” and seemed like it could’ve been the most unusual 911 call of the day, Cordingly said: “It’s still early yet.”
More video from body cams is expected to be released today from the “close encounter,” possibly revealing what Zeek was up to before his arrest.