Elizabeth Fowler watched as a tranquilizer dart punctured the monkey’s torso.
He stumbled across a creek and crawled up a low branch, where he swayed as the chemicals coaxed him into slumber.
The Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay’s nearly four-year run from wildlife officials was over Wednesday afternoon.
Three weeks earlier, Fowler had been bitten by the monkey, which prompted wildlife officials to intensify their search.
Fowler knew the monkey had to be caught. But like many neighbors, she had grown fond of him, and she was sad to see him go.
“I feel kind of guilty,” Fowler, 60, said through tears.
The monkey’s future is unclear. He was placed in quarantine Wednesday evening. If his health checks out, he could be sent to a sanctuary to be with other monkeys.
But the question remains: After thriving among humans for years, can he get along with his own kind?