Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 25th, 2009
Florida wildlife officials speaking from Oldsmar, Florida, said a loose monkey spotted last week in Hillsborough County appears to have jumped the border to Pinellas County.
This new photo of a feral monkey does not appear to match earlier descriptions of a baboon.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said a monkey, believed to be a member of the macaque family, was spotted Monday at Boot Ranch Apartments in Oldsmar, three days after the final sighting of a similar primate in Hillsborough County, the St. Petersburg Times reported Monday.
Yet a third recent photo of a monkey (this from The Money Times) that has been associated with this week’s sightings in Florida has been published. But is the coloring on this monkey match the reddish tint of the earlier Tampa photo, below?
Gary Morse, spokesman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said a map of the monkey sightings appears to depict a diagonal path headed for the Gulf of Mexico.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if it was the same one, and in fact I suspect it would be. Those animals can get around pretty fast,” Morse said. “How many monkeys have you seen in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties?”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.