WINTER SPRINGS, Florida (WKMG) - A monkey that was spotted in Oviedo last week has made its way into Winter Springs and was photographed atop a screened-in porch.
A viewer emailed the photographs to our partners at WKMG Local 6 News after spotting the monkey around 9 a.m. Monday at a home on Baltic Lane.
The photos show a tan monkey estimated to be about 4 feet long.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they believe the monkey could have come from a colony of monkeys living in the Silver Springs area. The monkeys were living freely as part of an attraction years ago.
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Two people saw the monkey roaming in Oviedo, a city neighborhing Winter Springs, on Sunday and called 911.
One caller said the monkey was in the area of Oviedo Feed at 159 N. Central Ave. The other person saw the monkey near the Sunoco station at 590 Geneva Drive.
Officers went to both places and were unable to find the monkey. FWC officials said once the monkeys go back into the woods it's difficult to track them down again.
Oviedo police said they haven't received any reports of missing animals.
FWC spokeswoman Joy Hill said monkeys can carry diseases, one of which is fatal to humans. Hill urged residents not to go near monkeys, as they can be aggressive and will bite.
Hill said wildlife officers will search for the monkey and identify it based on pictures.