UPDATE 5 P.M. SUNDAY: Pretty Boy Floyd is back in the arms of his owner after being on the loose for six days, according to Ron Merritt, a neighbor who spotted the monkey.
The monkey was spotted off of Adair Avenue in North Knoxville. Bill King's daughter went to the area to call for the monkey, and he went right up to her. Floyd is no longer on the run.
King and Floyd have both returned to Crossville Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE NOON THURSDAY: Bill King's monkey is loose somewhere in North Knoxville.
He'd love to get Pretty Boy Floyd back. But he doesn't want the animal to bite anyone.
So if you see the Capuchin monkey, King says, please call the city's animal control staff or call him directly.
The monkey got loose Monday morning while the Crossville man was in Knoxville on a visit. The animal appeared at a home on Washington Pike in North Knoxville near Teeple Street.
Animal control officers tried without luck to catch it. It's been the subject of a hunt ever since.
Residents in the Old North Knoxville area got excited Wednesday after animal control personnel were seen on Glenwood Avenue. That's several blocks south and west of where Pretty Boy Floyd ran off.
King told 10News he's made trips from Knoxville to Crossville and back to Knoxville this week, and he'd really like to get his monkey back. When 10News spoke with him Thursday morning he said he was in Knoxville, still searching for the pet.
Pretty Boy Floyd gets along fine with King, he said, but that doesn't mean he'll be friendly with you. It's possible he could bite a stranger, King said.
The monkey likes grapes and marshmallows.
King recommends calling animal control at 865-215-7457.
King also can be reached at 931-314-5713.
One more thing: The monkey doesn't do tricks.
10:30 AM TUESDAY: Pretty Boy Floyd the Capuchin monkey is still on the loose in North Knoxville.
Ron Merritt, at whose house the animal first appeared about 11 a.m. Monday, said it appeared the monkey had been cornered and caught Monday night.
But Tuesday morning, he told 10News the animal remained free.
Owner Bill King of Crossville has his cage and is hoping he'll come back to his owner, Merritt said.
The animal became free while King was in the Washington Pike area near North Hills on a visit, Merritt said.
8:50 PM Monday: A visiting monkey had been located by its owner Monday night after spending the day wandering free in a North Knoxville neighborhood, a neighbor said.
Ron Merritt, at whose house the animal first appeared about 11 a.m. Monday, said the owner had located the animal in the Washington Pike area near North Hills.
The owner is from Crossville and had been visiting friends in the area when the monkey got away, Merritt said.
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A small monkey was on the loose Monday afternoon after showing up at a house on Washington Pike in North Knoxville.
City animal control officers tried to catch it about 11 a.m. without luck. Neighbors say the animal, which was shaking, fled in trees near Teeple Street.
Tina Rolen, spokeswoman for Zoo Knoxville, said based on photos sent by 10News the animal appeared to be a Capuchin monkey.
And, no, the zoo isn't missing any of its animals.
Phyllis Grimes told 10News her friend Jackie Poore alerted her Monday morning after the monkey tried to get in her house by a screened-in door. They suspect it's someone's pet that got loose.
Grimes and Poore's boyfriend Ron Merritt took photos, which they shared with 10News.
"We don't know who it belongs to," Grimes said.
Two city animal control trucks arrived. They had nets -- no match for the monkey, Grimes said.
"It was in the dogwood tree and then when they tried to nab it, it ran off," she said.
Animal control officer Karen Pappas said the animal stayed in the trees, making it difficult for personnel to catch it.
If the owner has a permit, then the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency might be able to track that person down. But there's no telling because sometimes people keep exotic animals in Knoxville without telling authorities what they've got.
If it's spotted again, animal control officers will see what they can do, Pappas said.
"Obviously, it's gotten away from someone," she said.
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