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‘Banana Sam’ Monkey Once Stolen From SF Zoo Dies

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Banana Sam, a squirrel monkey at the San Francisco Zoo, was stolen from his enclosure on December 30, 2011. He was found in Stern Grove the next day. (San Francisco Zoo)

Banana Sam, a squirrel monkey at the San Francisco Zoo, was stolen from his enclosure on December 30, 2011. He was found in Stern Grove the next day. (San Francisco Zoo)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A squirrel monkey that made headlines when he was stolen from an exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo in 2011 has died, zoo officials said Friday.

Banana Sam was 19 years old when he died on Thursday from complications related to heart disease, according to the zoo.

On Dec. 30, 2011, zookeepers discovered the monkey was missing from his enclosure and that someone had breached a perimeter gate, climbed onto the roof of the squirrel monkey exhibit and cut holes in the mesh wiring.

An investigation was launched and a $5,000 reward was offered. The next day, a man came forward with the monkey, saying he found it in San Francisco’s Stern Grove and lured it into his backpack, police said.

No arrest has been made in the case, police said Friday.

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