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Primate on the loose


Jon the frog

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It's time to have a topic on released/loss primates to see if we have sighting relating to these after a while:

https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/25/us/primate-escape-walterboro-south-carolina/index.html

These can ccreate string of strange sightings, even more if they are in an environment that can provide them with food and favorable climate.

It's a bit of the same for big cats... maybe we can also create one on them.

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I'm in Florida and we have escaped and turned out apes and monkeys here. It's of course what skunk ape lore is based on, when I was a kid in the 70s I went here many times...

tropical wonderland

By the time I went It was pretty low end and large monkeys would out right terrorize guests, these would escape or got turned out when the place folded and for years there would be sightings or road kills, it's built up around there more now and a lot of the stuff was just bull dozed over so buried the developer who owns it was using the serpenterium ad their main office for years, I could never get permission to go root around with metal detectors.

Florida is a treasure trove for exotics running wild and thriving not too far south of me iguanas are everywhere here in the last 40 years cuban lizards have replaced the anoles, also south of me was homasassa springs where there was an island of 1000s of squirrel monkeys,  my monkey got loose a time or two but came home.

There aren't as many as in the 50s and 60s but road side zoos are still here and even good ones do have escapes, way south that one guy was doing good business with skunk ape tours unlit her got busted hoaxing with a guy in suit.

 

 

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"Primate on the loose"

Nobody saw me, none of you can prove it.

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Haven't primates been on the loose on this continent for at least 15000 years?

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On 5/27/2024 at 4:14 PM, the13bats said:

I'm in Florida and we have escaped and turned out apes and monkeys here. It's of course what skunk ape lore is based on, when I was a kid in the 70s I went here many times...

tropical wonderland

By the time I went It was pretty low end and large monkeys would out right terrorize guests, these would escape or got turned out when the place folded and for years there would be sightings or road kills, it's built up around there more now and a lot of the stuff was just bull dozed over so buried the developer who owns it was using the serpenterium ad their main office for years, I could never get permission to go root around with metal detectors.

Florida is a treasure trove for exotics running wild and thriving not too far south of me iguanas are everywhere here in the last 40 years cuban lizards have replaced the anoles, also south of me was homasassa springs where there was an island of 1000s of squirrel monkeys,  my monkey got loose a time or two but came home.

There aren't as many as in the 50s and 60s but road side zoos are still here and even good ones do have escapes, way south that one guy was doing good business with skunk ape tours unlit her got busted hoaxing with a guy in suit.

 

 

I’ve heard of the monkey island in the Florida Keys, reminds me of that island in Japan that got overrun by rabbits.  

Also, you say this hoaxer was doing good business.

How good, exactly? Asking for a friend. 😂

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1 hour ago, Procyon said:

I’ve heard of the monkey island in the Florida Keys, reminds me of that island in Japan that got overrun by rabbits.  

Also, you say this hoaxer was doing good business.

How good, exactly? Asking for a friend. 😂

How good was business? In my world if I don't have to count change in the ashtray to get to work Friday and not eat until after I get paid that night business was good,

My guess that cat earned a moderate living when it was doing well, airboat tours are fairly popular in Florida so he already had that and I believe he offered tshirts and had a snack bar, it's when ego steps in, a person can't be an expert on something like skunk apes or Bigfoot when it's mythical

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He's been spotted making anti-gay remarks in Vatican city recently.

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10 minutes ago, Alchopwn said:

He's been spotted making anti-gay remarks in Vatican city recently.

Who has?

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On 6/4/2024 at 8:47 AM, the13bats said:

Who has?

noun
 
the chief bishop or archbishop of a province.
 
"the primate of Poland"
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I'm in eustis FL so not impossible but I'm thinking it was something else misidentifying

A few days ago were heading out to dinner I always go to the car while Tina is still getting ready and up in the huge trees between us and next door church I thought I saw a squirrel monkey,

I had one as a pet in the 80s so I do know them fairly well and I just didn't get a good enough look and my vision isn't what it was but I would say im 75% sure on this one, perhaps an escaped pet that returned home as mine did a few times.

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3 hours ago, Jon the frog said:

It seems that Florida got  five monkey species introduced in the state over the years, three of which have established breeding populations.

https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/news/2024/05/08/wild-monkey-florida-invasive-species/73596391007/

I like the word "introduced" lol

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14 hours ago, the13bats said:

I like the word "introduced" lol

Yeah probably a term derived from my froggish language... 

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Dilib

47 minutes ago, Jon the frog said:

Yeah probably a term derived from my froggish language... 

I was tired in my weird mood, the apes and monkeys here in Florida were escapes and cast offs from zoos and pets,
So the word hit me oddly.

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42 minutes ago, the13bats said:

Dilib

I was tired in my weird mood, the apes and monkeys here in Florida were escapes and cast offs from zoos and pets,
So the word hit me oddly.

I can imagine a smorgasbord of introduced animals in florida.like the pythons taking on alligators as the dominant species.

Must admit i just wanted to say the word smorgasbord,i first heard it in the movie jaws,and try to use it in conversation every chance i get.

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4 hours ago, diddyman68 said:

I can imagine a smorgasbord of introduced animals in florida.like the pythons taking on alligators as the dominant species.

Must admit i just wanted to say the word smorgasbord,i first heard it in the movie jaws,and try to use it in conversation every chance i get.

Coming home from work about 3am months back a truck had hit a huge even for here gator, and the good old boys were already getting the tail for bbq,
Everywhere here are creatures more non indigenous than native.

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There’s a primate on the loose in Florida?  Maybe it’s the skunk ape?

 

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Speaking of humanlike/apelike creatures I wonder what ever happened to the Honey Island Swamp Monster of the Louisiana bayous? Why doesn’t he ever get mentioned anymore?

I suspect  because most younger people haven’t heard of him and older people who have forgot about him otherwise we’d be getting people seeing him everywhere and there’d have been at least one reality show by now. 
 

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14 minutes ago, Antigonos said:

Speaking of humanlike/apelike creatures I wonder what ever happened to the Honey Island Swamp Monster of the Louisiana bayous? Why doesn’t he ever get mentioned anymore?

I suspect  because most younger people haven’t heard of him and older people who have forgot about him otherwise we’d be getting people seeing him everywhere and there’d have been at least one reality show by now. 
 

I think it could be because he didn’t have enough toes on his feet.

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43 minutes ago, Guyver said:

I think it could be because he didn’t have enough toes on his feet.

 

59 minutes ago, Antigonos said:

Speaking of humanlike/apelike creatures I wonder what ever happened to the Honey Island Swamp Monster of the Louisiana bayous? Why doesn’t he ever get mentioned anymore?

I suspect  because most younger people haven’t heard of him and older people who have forgot about him otherwise we’d be getting people seeing him everywhere and there’d have been at least one reality show by now. 
 

 

My baby sister and I put a set of three toed wooden Bigfoot feet in our campground prank arsenal because of that fella. 

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Once again I'll relate my 80s Swamp Ape Expedition experience:  It was a hot and humid (duh) morning, and after a small attempt at launching a canoe off 41 south of Naples, we decided our time was better spent rehydrating, which we did at a dive bar in Bonita Springs.

It was a far better choice as we later learned since nary a swamp footie was seen, much less captured.

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9 hours ago, Guyver said:

There’s a primate on the loose in Florida?  Maybe it’s the skunk ape?

 

There is a cat down south making a living off skunk ape tours and selling junk and he was busted several years back doing hoax videos to drum up business, seems drop bear took a tour when he was here and actually didn't see a skunk ape.

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