Police officers in Florida are not unfamiliar to responding to strange calls, especially those that include wild animals. But, Standford Police are calling this "out of the ordinary."

Five officers responded to reports of a mail-eating monkey sitting on top of a neighbor's mailbox Monday morning. A patrol car was used to block off traffic while officers, members of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the monkey's owner worked to capture "Zeke."

"Our officers respond to some pretty serious, sad and horrific calls. It's nice to be able to respond to something of this nature, a little more lighthearted and have a happy ending."

Shortly after 8:00 a.m., we received a call from a Sanford resident that lives in the Hidden Lakes subdivision reporting...

Posted by Sanford Police Department on Monday, September 28, 2015

Monkey Loose in SanfordShortly after 8:00 a.m., we received a call from a Sanford resident that lives in the Hidden Lakes subdivision reporting that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox. When we arrived to help the monkey, later identified at Zeek, he decided to pull off the molding from one of our patrol cars. We were able to distract Zeek with a bottle of water until his owner came and retrieved him.

Posted by Sanford Police Department on Monday, September 28, 2015

Zeek had a little fun with our patrol car.Zeek had a little fun with our patrol car.

Posted by Sanford Police Department on Monday, September 28, 2015