Monkey Spotted in Central Florida Near Groveland High School – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

GROVELAND, Fla. (WSVN) – A wild monkey was spotted wandering the streets near a Florida high school, drawing the attention of local residents and wildlife experts.

Maxel Miranda, a local resident, described the encounter as a surprise.

“I picked up my daughter from school and then I saw it [what] I thought it was a cat. As I got closer, I saw it was a monkey.” Miranda managed to capture video footage of the monkey running on all fours along Silver Eagle Road behind South Lake High School.

Linda Wasko, president of Primate Paradise in Osteen, Florida, spoke to a Fox affiliate news station in Orlando and confirmed that the primate was a rhesus macaque. Wasko said these monkeys are not uncommon in Central Florida, as they may have migrated from the Wekiva River area. She explained that the population likely descended from a group brought to Silver Springs in the 1930s.

The sighting marks the second reported appearance of a monkey in the area. Wasko also noted that it is unusual for macaques to be alone since they typically travel in troops.

Rhesus macaques feed primarily on lizards, frogs and birds and tend to avoid contact with humans. Wasko advised keeping a safe distance from the wild monkey and encouraged anyone who spots the macaque to report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Groveland is approximately 30 miles west of Orlando.

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