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Banana Sam Back on the Job This Weekend

Banana Sam will be back in action this weekend.

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    Banana Sam Back on the Job This Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    The zoo says Banana Sam is ready for his close up.

    Banana Sam, the squirrel monkey that made headlines when he was  stolen from the San Francisco Zoo at the end of December and was later  returned, will be back on exhibit starting Saturday.

    Zoo visitors who bring a valentine for Banana Sam get $1 off  admission all weekend, and Banana Sam's keepers will give talks at 11:30 a.m.  and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    Zookeepers discovered the 17-year-old monkey missing from his  enclosure the morning of Dec. 30. Someone had breached a perimeter gate  overnight, climbed onto the roof of the squirrel monkey exhibit, and cut two  holes into the mesh there.

    An investigation was launched and a $5,000 reward was offered, and  the next day, a man came forward with the monkey, claiming to have found  Banana Sam in San Francisco's Stern Grove.

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    The man told police he had lured the monkey into his backpack.

    Police are checking out the man's story and continuing to  investigate the disappearance. In the meantime, the reward money is being  withheld.