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Game of hide-and-seek with Conn. monkey called off

May 19, 2010

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GREENWICH, Conn.—Connecticut officials have called off a game of hide-and-seek with a small monkey spotted in Greenwich earlier this month.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain says officials tried to coax the monkey out of hiding with food over the past two weeks. A cleaning crew saw it at a transfer station May 6, but no one has seen it since.

Schain says officials believe it's a harmless spider monkey because it was described as about 3 feet tall and dark in color. He says it probably has an owner because spider monkeys aren't native to the area.

The DEP searched for potential owners but didn't find any. Officials urge anyone who sees the monkey to leave it alone and call police or the DEP.

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Information from: Greenwich Time, http://www.greenwichtime.com

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