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A monkey is on the run in South Carolina, and it loves to make itself at home

Have you seen this monkey? It was last seen patronizing at the Pizza Inn in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Have you seen this monkey? It was last seen patronizing at the Pizza Inn in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

A town in upstate South Carolina has an overly friendly marmoset monkey on the loose, with a penchant for making itself at home in cars and even houses.

The unnamed monkey was outside a Main Street restaurant in Spartanburg when it escaped, officials say.

It was clad only in a "pink and white camo belly band," said authorities.

TV station WSPA was reporting at noon that the animal had been found in a tree, but Spartanburg Police had yet to verify it was safely back home.

Spartanburg police issued a monkey warning early Friday, telling people not to approach it or, worse still, try capturing it.

The consequences weren't spelled out, but all monkeys bite, according to MonkeyKisses.com.

"She may attempt to get inside of vehicles or houses as she's afraid of being outside alone," says a post on the Spartanburg Police Department's Facebook page. "She's friendly, but very scared."

How the monkey got loose isn't explained, but the owner apparently lost it at the Pizza Inn on Spartanburg's East Main Street, says the department.

WSPA reported the monkey escaped at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, after jumping out of the owner's truck outside the restaurant.

Anyone who finds the monkey is asked to call animal control at 864-582-1558.

Questions are being raised as to whether a chupacabra has been photographed in the backwoods of North Carolina. The latest image features a creepy, skeletal animal with little hair and a long tail, like a monkey. Its head is hidden by bushes.

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