A Green monkey continued to give Paphos’ authorities and residents the slip despite several attempts to catch it, after it was let out of its cage last week apparently during an attempt to steal it.
The grey-coloured primate was seen in Kato Pervolia on Monday, in the yard of a house, whose owner didn’t get there in time to capture it.
The previous day, 10-year-old Danny was seen wandering on Apostolou Pavlou and Agapinoros Avenues.
Eyewitnesses said they saw it cross the road on Agapinoros and headed towards Apostolou Pavlou where it climbed a tree.
Police officers arrived on the scene but failed to capture the animal.
The state veterinary services and the municipality have installed a cage with fruit inside under the tree hoping to entice the monkey.
The primate was apparently freed when someone tried to steal it from a cage outside the home of its owner last Wednesday.
She says she bought the monkey from a pet shop and has legally owned it for the past 10 years.
The owner suggested the monkey was frightened and that was why it was running.
Animal party chairman Kyriacos Kyriacou said they were helping the authorities in the chase. He told the Cyprus Mail that they provided a special net and advised the owner to be there when its spotted because it was scared and stressed.
However, Kyriacou censured the practice of keeping such animals in cages for years. He also questioned how it had arrived in Cyprus and whether the authorities knew about it or any other exotic creature for that matter.
The law on pet shops, designed to regulate such issues, was still pending in parliament, he said.