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A Florida man said his backyard has turned into 'Monkey Paradise'


An Ocala, Florida, man has had some unusual visitors in his backyard, our affiliate WGFL reports.

Brian Pritchard calls his property "Monkey Paradise."

"People think they are cute and friendly," Pritchard said. "They are cute but I don't know about the friendly part."

Pritchard set up a feeder in his backyard so his daughter could watch deer but it turned into a monkey invasion -- and he got it all on camera. The video showed more than 50 rhesus macaques emerging from the woods, eating more than 250 pounds of feed over the weekend.

"All sizes, shapes and colors," Pritchard said. "I've got pictures with mamas with babies."

Pritchard says they emptied the feeder and he has no intention to refill it. He's happy to keep his distance.

"As far as dangerous, yes, they can be dangerous, so I try not to interact with them at all. Just leave them alone, they leave me alone."

There have been several reports of the monkeys in Ocala lately. A recent engagement with tourists at Silver Springs State Park prompted officials to close two walking areas.

The Associated Press reports the monkeys were introduced to the area in the 1930s.

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