The good news about the wayward macaque, at least from his perspective, is that an anonymous couple has been feeding their unlikely backyard visitor.
It started with a banana one day, then led to grapes, peanuts, Oreo cookies and other goodies. Supposedly the macaque has now packed on an additional 10 pounds, with the couple nicknaming him "Banana Butt."
That hasn't stopped the macaque from visiting fast food joints, a church parking lot and other places in the Florida vacation town.
There's a serious side to this tale, or course, given that macaques are wild animals and are not always the friendliest of creatures. For example, we've all seen the horrific headlines over the past several years about non-human primates attacking people, such as the Jane Goodall Institute chimp who attacked a Texas graduate student.
To be honest, however, if I were marching down the streets of Tampa Bay, I'd be more worried about gun-toting human criminals and certain politicians.
I guess I'm not alone, as the "Mystery Monkey" now has his own Facebook page with close to 84,000 likes as of this writing.