Police in Florida were alerted by an emergency call about a monkey eating the mail in a neighbor’s mailbox, it has been reported.
According to Stanford Police Department spokesperson Shannon Cordingly, officers received the 911 call from a concerned citizen on Monday morning and on arriving at the scene, they saw Zeek the monkey casually eating mail while comfortably seated on top of the mailbox.
What happened next was hilarious.
Via CBS News:
Officers used a patrol car to block off the road and shook a water bottle in an attempt to lure the monkey away from the busy street. The tactic worked, but it also led the monkey to the top of a patrol car, where he decided to pull molding off of the car, Cordingly said.
Later, the monkey’s owner — who had a proper permit to own the animal — joined officers in the wild chase before too much damage was done.
Within 20 minutes, the owner was able to coax the monkey identified as “Zeek” back into his arms.
Our officers respond to some pretty serious, sad and horrific calls,’ Cordingly said. ‘It’s nice to be able to respond to something of this nature, a little more lighthearted and have a happy ending.’
Police also posted photos and videos of the bizarre scene on its Facebook page, and it has, of course, generated a lot of chuckles and funny reactions.