ALTON, Mo. (KYTV/Gray News) – April Holesapple’s heart started racing when she saw something run by her truck.
"From behind it, I thought it was a mountain lion because it was orange and white and it had a big long tail,” she said.
But it turned out to be something much different.
“And then it turned its head and I saw clearly that it was a monkey," she said. “So, I got my phone and I thought, if I don’t get this on video, no one is going to believe me.”
The monkey disappeared for a couple of days and then reappeared on Thursday.
Holesapple was able to track down the owner of what turned out to be a 9-year-old patas monkey, a species native to Africa.
Eventually, the woman was able to coax it back home with some bananas, but it took a bit of time to gain its trust because she’d only had her new friend a few weeks.
She purchased the monkey at an auction over Memorial Day weekend.
For Holesapple, it was par for the course in what has already been a crazy year.
“What else could happen, right? We got monkeys, COVID-19 and riots,” she said. “But this really topped it all off. I couldn’t believe it.”