A family in Virginia say they see and hear three spider monkeys outside their home.
You’d likely catch a glimpse of a Spider monkey in South America, not in the backyard of an Isle of Wight home.
So, how did three spider monkeys potentially end up there? Good question! And it’s one Amanda Jones Williams especially wants answered.
She says she caught three monkeys on video last Wednesday morning after she and her youngest son saw one of them climbing a tree in her backyard the day before.
In the video, you can’t make out what it is, but you do see something move from branch to branch in her fruit tree out back. At one point, several plums fall to the ground.
Williams’ son Terrance says he saw three of them – two large adult monkeys and what looked to be a baby monkey.
But the video is terrible, traps have been left untouched, and wildlife officials can find no trace of them. Spider monkeys are not native to the U.S. (no monkey or ape is). Yet, there indeed are places in Florida, for example, that have a population of monkeys that have escaped and are living feral. However, there is no evidence given for this case except for the Williams’ reports and inconclusive video. Is this impossible? No. But it is improbable. A misidentification is far more likely.