A vervet monkey is on the loose, looking for love. The primate, called Ninja Joe, has been spotted across neighborhoods in the Fort Lauderdale area.
The Dania Beach Vervet Project, a nonprofit whose purpose is merging animal welfare and conservation, promoting peaceful co-existence of human-wildlife interactions for free-ranging vervet monkeys down here says if you spot Ninja Joe, don't chase him, it will spook him. Instead, reach out to them.
The group says that at around 5 years old male vervet monkeys become sexually mature, wanting to answer the call of the wild, often leaving their social groups to "find love, so to speak."