Oliver the Monkey
Few monkeys can claim the international exposure once showered upon Oliver, the white-face Capuchin who lives at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo.
Oliver’s fame materialized in the summer of 2007 when he escaped – not once, but twice – from his cage at the zoo. While on the lam, the monkey wandered around the Tupelo Country Club and raided residents’ vegetable gardens for food.
Both incidents led to high-profile chases and garnered media exposure from across the globe.
It even inspired a Top 10 list for David Letterman.
These days, Oliver prefers his home life, which he shares with his mate, Patty, and their three sons.
Truly Tupelo appears every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in 2010 as part of the 140th anniversary of both the city and the Daily Journal.