LAKELAND, Fla. - Lois and Wayne Dill couldn't believe what they spotted snacking on their bird feeder
"We never saw one here before," Lois Dill said.
Something they had never seen in their backyard in the 26 years they've lived in the Pine Ridge Estates Neighborhood.
"We saw an alligator once, but no monkeys!" said Dill.
But in the past several days, several of their neighbors have either seen or heard of this monkey just making himself at home. Here's what someone told Ida Varnado.
"The lady seen him sitting in the chair with his leg crossed eating a grapefruit!" said Varnado.
Another, said they saw the monkey relishing a tomato, tomatoes and grapefruit are foods Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said a monkey would enjoy. It's why they've carefully placed camera's around the neighborhood.
Even though they've gotten several calls, they said they want to make sure it is indeed a monkey roaming around these streets.
Neighbors like John Worley said he knows what he saw a 3 foot tall primate!
"He's brown and he looks like a gorilla," said Worley.
And Worley's a little nervous.
But FWC said neighbors should rest easy. By all witness accounts, they think if this is a monkey, it is a small one, and not like the famous mystery monkey had officials searching for him for more than four years.
Officials sad that ex-fugitive primate now known as Cornelius bit and scratched people during that four year run throughout several Bay area counties before being caught last year.
It's why officials are taking this very seriously and will continue to send officers into the neighborhood to search for him, even though some like Richard Powell said they wouldn't mind at all if the monkey stuck around.
"I don't care I love monkey's," said Powell.
Officials just urge f you see the monkey don't feed it and call them immediately that number to call is 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)
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