Authorities catch ear-biting monkey

Dec. 22, 2010 at 2:35 PM

MIAMI, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife authorities said they were trying to find the owner of a monkey that bit a man on the ear.

Eduardo Monteagudo, a neighbor of the southwest Miami-Dade County victim, said he witnessed the man cooking his dinner Tuesday when the small monkey climbed onto his shoulder, Miami's WSVN-TV reported

"When he saw it, he tried to hit it and it bit him on the ear," Monteagudo said.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units said they responded to the home about 7 p.m. and tried to coax the monkey, a black-and-white Capuchin, off the home's roof.

"He was scared, scared of the crowd, the lights, scared of everything," Lt. Lisa Wood told Miami's WFOR-TV. "Once we got him back there where it was quiet, he sat very calm, let us move things around and then I put the carrier down and he went right in like, oh, thank you very much."

Investigators said they were trying to find the owner of the monkey. Neighbors said the animal has been seen loose before.

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