Monkey Business: Pet Goes Bananas After Escape From Home

Capuchin bites neighbor, chased down on rooftop in Kendall

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010  |  Updated 6:06 AM PDT
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A pet monkey wreaked havoc on a Miami-Dade neighborhood Tuesday night, biting one person and leading authorities on a rooftop chase after it got loose from its Kendall home.

The incident happened near Southwest 134th Avenue and 52nd Street when the monkey escaped and went after a neighbor inside a nearby house, biting him in the ear.

After the monkey fled the neighbor's house, it made its way onto a roof, where wildlife officials and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worked to coax it down.

The monkey, a capuchin, was eventually captured and taken to a rehabilitation center in Homestead.

Resident Antonio Nunez said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the monkey running around the neighborhood.

"We realized there was a monkey in front of the house, you could see it perfectly," Nunez said.

The monkey's owners were not home at the time of his escape and it's unknown whether they'll face charges.

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