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January 1, Mystery of the Monkeys: Florida City Bewildered by Unexpected Visitors



Orange City, Florida: On a typical day, residents and visitors of Orange City might expect to see the usual Florida fauna – alligators, bears, and the occasional python.

But this past Wednesday, they were in for a real surprise.

Unusual monkey sightings were reported at a local Popeyes restaurant, sending the town into a frenzy of curiosity and speculation.

Kimberly Bialobos, Popeyes crew manager, was the first to spot the unexpected guest.

As she recollected, “This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Not only working here. In my life. This is pretty crazy.”

For Bialobos, it was not just the bizarre occurrence that startled her, but the size of the monkey too.

She emphasized, “It was pretty big.”

Soon, her claim was bolstered by multiple other sightings.

A burning question soon rose: Was it just one monkey or were there several primate visitors in town?

To shed some light on the strange occurrence, the Orange City police issued an announcement.

“The monkey seen (on social media) has been identified as a wild Rhesus Macaques monkey. … Please do not feed or attempt to capture these monkeys!” the authorities warned on a Facebook post dated Aug. 23.

The post further urged anyone who encounters these monkeys to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The mystery deepened as it was revealed that a wild population of Rhesus Macaques was introduced in Florida in the 1930s.

According to researchers at the University of Florida, these monkeys, originally released on an island to boost tourism, turned out to be adept swimmers and didn’t confine themselves to the island.

In fact, by 2015, their population in Silver Springs State Park, situated 60 miles northwest of Orange City, had grown considerably.

How did these monkeys traverse such a distance?

While there are no concrete explanations yet, the surprising appearance of what many suspect is a member of this aggressive species has both alarmed and entertained social media users.

Speculations ranged from misadventures at Silver Springs to whimsical references to the movie Jumanji.

Carolyn Ludwig, one of the commenters, exclaimed, “See I knew I wasn’t going crazy. It was a monkey not a large cat.”

TiaLynn Ekern humorously noted, “When I moved to Florida, I knew I’d have to watch out for gators. Never did I think I would have to worry about a monkey!”

While the city remains abuzz with monkey tales and sightings, one thing is for certain – Orange City’s residents will be keeping a closer eye on their surroundings, at least for a little while.

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  1. Dan

    August 29, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    These monkeys can be a health hazard, and even dangerous. They need to be eradicated.

  2. Ken

    August 29, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    Monkeys at Popeyes…not UNUSAL at all…that place is LOADED with ’em…LMFAO…

  3. Danza

    August 30, 2023 at 5:23 am

    with the state of things makes you wonder what they ‘might’ be carrying & were they actually ‘released’ purposefully.

    • Raymond Masters

      August 30, 2023 at 11:04 am

      These monkeys are more intelligent than Biden and all democrats

  4. H Sutton

    August 31, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Send them to DC, they would be better than the current administration.

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