Wily Mystery Monkey finally meets his match

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MIAMI -- The roast beef sandwich with lettuce and tomato did not work. Neither did the apples or the Snickers bar. For four years, the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay did not take the bait -- or he snatched it and ran so swiftly that the cage clanked shut on his shadow.

At least a dozen times through the years, the Mystery Monkey was pierced with tranquilizer darts. But he always slipped away -- over a fence, up a tree, across roof tops, into the forest.

Until now, as the nation (and perhaps the world) knows via Twitter, a news report avalanche and a string of Facebook postings on the Mystery Monkey's page.

On Wednesday, the souped-up darts hit their mark. It happened outside a house in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the monkey -- much older than first thought -- chose to settle down like so many other retirees. The monkey felt safe among the trees there.

The Mystery Monkey, a rhesus macaque, is now in quarantine for 30 days. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will try to find him a nice group home, a place with other monkeys.

He was most likely exiled when he got too old from a colony in Silver Springs, Fla., near Ocala, where these monkeys were imported decades ago (to appear on "Tarzan," some say).

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