Monkey Stolen from SF Zoo Found in Good Health

By the Associated Press | January 1, 2012 | 1:10 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A beloved squirrel monkey that had been stolen from the San Francisco Zoo has been found safe.

Authorities say Banana Sam was located Saturday evening in Stern Grove Park.

Police say in a release that a park visitor noticed the 17-year-old primate and lured him into his backpack.

He called police who retrieved Banana-Sam and found him in apparent good health. He was returned to the zoo.

Banana Sam's theft Thursday prompted the zoo to boost security and keep the other 17 squirrel monkeys indoors.

He was taken after thieves cut through a gate and made holes in the mesh surrounding the monkey exhibit.

A $5,000 reward had been offered for his safe return.