Family chased off by aggressive monkeys at Florida state park


Sometimes, summer vacation can include a little monkey business-literally.

Footage of the close encounter at Florida's Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, about 80 miles northwest of Orlando, was posted on YouTube on Sunday.

A troop of monkeys was filmed chasing after a Florida family last week.

'Guys, there's (sic) wild monkeys out here in Florida, ' the young boy says into his camera at the start of the video.

'There are like no monkeys in Florida... this is crazy, this is insane.

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Her son caught the incident on tape.

However, the monkeys do not appear to make contact with the human visitors throughout the video.

Monkeys in Florida are not only nothing new; they're the stuff of legend. The creatures escaped, or were released, and quickly made the park their home. But he accidentally got rhesus monkeys, which "were swimming off the island before Colonel Tooey could get back to his boat", as expert Linda Wolfe told the International Primate Protection League in 2013.

The population of monkeys in the park has grown to roughly 200, according to the station.

Should you find yourself near a wild monkey, stay away, especially if it bares its teeth, grunts or runs toward you, according to Slate. Give it food or hit it on the head with a stick.