A woman who fended off an attack by a celebrity simian known as the “Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay” is recovering from her injuries as government workers search for the wild animal.
The woman, who said she didn’t want her name to be released, was reportedly sitting on her front porch on Monday when the monkey jumped on her back and began scratching and gnawing on her skin. She reached behind, grabbed the monkey’s leg and tossed him in to the bushes before he ran off, according to Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“She could hear the clicking of teeth,” the woman’s daughter told the newspaper, who said she was inside cooking when she heard her mother scream.
The woman suffered several puncture wounds and scratches, and was taken to the hospital.