Mystery monkey spotted again in Apopka

Rhesus macaque remains on the run

A photo of a rhesus monkey in Apopka taken by Keri Schultz Locke.

APOPKA, Fla. – A mystery monkey was spotted again in Apopka, but the animal remains on the run.

The Rhesus macaque monkey was spotted Sunday evening in the 1100 block of Central Avenue, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials.

The monkey was not found, and the case was turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The sighting comes about a week after a monkey was seen swinging from trees near the same area.

The monkey could be an escaped pet but is likely a wild animal, Chad Weber, of the FWC, told News 6 last week.

The FWC advised people to keep their distance from the monkey and said they should not feed or try to capture it.

There is a small monkey population in Central Florida, including a few that escaped from Silver Springs State Park in Ocala. Rhesus macaque monkeys have been living in Central Florida since 1930, according to the FWC.

The Rhesus macaque is native to Central and East Asia.

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