Monkey stolen from US zoo returned

2012-01-01 12:38

San Francisco - A beloved squirrel monkey that had been stolen from the San Francisco Zoo has been found safe.

Authorities say Banana Sam was located on Saturday evening.

Police say in a release that a park visitor noticed the 17-year-old primate and lured him into his backpack.

He called police who retrieved Banana-Sam and found him in apparent good health. He was returned to the zoo.

Banana Sam's theft on Thursday prompted the zoo to boost security and keep the other 17 squirrel monkeys indoors.

He was taken after thieves cut through a gate and made holes in the mesh surrounding the monkey exhibit.

A $5 000 reward had been offered for his safe return.