This was the first article in which I saw a lot of reader response to the Times across other social media boards. The story was posted through the MyFox branch and displayed in outlets across the country. With a simple Google search of "monkey tampa" the story will show up for the Washington D.C. outlet for Fox. This monkey was starting to become quite the big deal.
The Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay Facebook page has over 86,000 likes. This is a story that has been developing before Mitt Romney started campaigning for his 2012 presidential bid. The page was updated every few days from the perspective of the primate and talks of freedom.
From Monday, the Times put out a story on him each day with updates. The reason he was being sought out so much was because this little guy has been on the loose multiple times since 2009. Bananas were being used to lure the monkey into a cage, but time and time again it would get away until Wednesday afternoon.
The monkey was just about to escape before he was shot with a tranquilizer and put in a cage. The page was once dedicated to capturing the monkey, but now prompts posts asking for his freedom. He may have bitten someone in 2009, but he proved he was meant to be out in the wild with numerous escapes.
Surely this is not the end of the monkey's tale and the Tampa Bay Times could be thinking of assigning a beat writer to follow him around as he plans his next escape.