Idiot DJ Hunts Danville's Missing Monkey
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Fri Oct 12 18:02:27 EDT 2001
The Union Leader (Manchester NH)
October 06, 2001 Saturday ALL EDITIONS
SECTION: SECTION B Pg. 10
LENGTH: 598 words
HEADLINE: DJ's monkey hunt in Danville 'jungle' flops
BYLINE: JASON SCHREIBER Union Leader Correspondent
DANVILLE -- Donnie White learned an important lesson in monkey
hunting yesterday morning: You can look like a big, hairy ape and act
like one too, but it still won't guarantee success when attempting to
attract a tiny capuchin monkey lost in the woods.
White, a former ice cream truck driver who is now a radio disc
jockey, set out on his "Donnie in the Mist" monkey mission just
before sunrise yesterday in the jungles of Danville. His goal was to
catch that missing monkey.
White, the promotions manager and a DJ at WHOB, 106.3 FM in Nashua,
decided to take the monkey search into his owns hands by renting a
gorilla costume and heading out into the woods. He figured he'd give
it a shot because all attempts to lure the monkey, which have
included bringing a female monkey to the area where the male monkey
is living, have failed. "The bottom line is it's all about saving the
monkey," White stressed. But somehow his mission was more like
In the end, just like everyone else, White went home monkeyless. But
his search isn't over. White is determined to find the monkey, and
he vowed to return to the woods in his gorilla get-up.
"If (the search team) can't find it Saturday, I'll be back," said
White, who may return to the area tomorrow with his costume and
remain living in the wild until the monkey is caught. That would
mean he'd have to broadcast his radio show from the woods, something
he's willing to do. It's important to note that White was among the
500 prospective contestants chosen from a total of 80,000 people who
sent in applications hoping to appear on the reality-TV show
In his gorilla suit, White walked the streets of local neighborhoods
bright and early yesterday morning, asking residents if they knew
where the monkey was living now. Residents were just waking up and
were a bit surprised that a man would dress up as a gorilla to find
Bob Grosso, 62, thought Halloween came early this year when he looked
out his kitchen window and saw White approaching his house. "I don't
have any candy out," he said he thought to himself.
Grosso was not at all convinced that White's plan would be
successful. "It ain't gonna work," he told him.
White provided updates on his search via a cell phone throughout the
morning on WHOB's "Morin In the Morning" show.
Residents who have seen and heard the monkey said White's gorilla
costume would most likely scare the monkey away rather than lure it
in. "I'm sorry, you're not a very pretty monkey," Tara Eaton told
Earlier in the morning, White got lost on his drive from Nashua to
Danville and called the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department for
directions. The department then warned Danville Police Chief Wade
Parsons to be on the lookout for a man in a gorilla suit roaming
Parsons eventually met up with White and flung a large animal net
over him to catch him. The capture was only for fun, and a few
minutes later Parsons let him loose to continue his hunt.
While Animal Control Officer Denise Laratonda declined to give White
specifics on the location of the trap in the woods where the monkey's
now living, she did offer a few clues to at least bring him close to
White attempted to make some monkey calls, but neighbors said his
sounds weren't quite right. "It sounds kind of like a sick owl," Pam
Harrington said of the noises made by the real monkey.
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