SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) – 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.
Zoo officials say the 2-pound squirrel monkey passed away Thursday of heart disease. A squirrel monkey’s life span is 20 years.READ MORE: Debate Intensifies Over Reopening JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park to Auto Traffic
On the night of Dec. 29, 2011, someone apparently cut into the animal’s cage and kidnapped Banana Sam, generating worldwide news attention. A $5,000 reward was offered for the monkey’s return.READ MORE: San Jose Congregation Holds Fast Following Racist Easter Zoom-Bombing
Two days later, Banana Sam was found in the Stern Grove neighborhood of San Francisco, about a mile away from the zoo. The monkey has since lived in a faux-tropical landscape where he faded from the media spotlight.
Banana Sam’s kidnapper was never discovered.MORE NEWS: Hero Police Dog Saves Fresno Officer's Life Despite Being Stabbed 6 Times
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