Banana Sam, a monkey who gained fame when he was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo two years ago, has died at the age of 19…
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, the squirrel monkey that made headlines when he was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo at the end of December and was later returned, will be back on exhibit starting Saturday.
Police identified three men Tuesday who were arrested Sunday for trespassing at the San Francisco Zoo, less than two weeks after a squirrel monkey was stolen from a primate exhibit there.
The $5,000 reward for the return of Banana-Sam, the squirrel monkey stolen last week from the San Francisco Zoo and found in Stern Grove on Saturday, is being put on hold until police complete an investigation.
Despite the safe return of Banana Sam, San Francisco Zoo officials have added security measures to ensure no other similar problems.
Banana Sam was located about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Stern Grove Park by a park visitor who noticed him hiding in some bushes.
Friday morning zoo staff discovered a 17-year-old male squirrel monkey, “Banana Sam,” was missing from an exhibit that had been breached by vandals, according to a statement released by the zoo.