Two lemurs ran amok in North Miami Beach on Monday morning when someone cut the locks on their cage and tried to steal them at around 2am.
The lemurs had other ideas and ran wild through the neighbourhood, charging residents and launching themselves at police.
At one point a lemur jumped on a toddler and scratched her face, the Miami Herald reports.
Julio Hincapie, who owns the animals, said: 'They were scared. They were running around, everyone chasing them. There were a lot of lights.'
Rosemary Alonzo told CBSMiami she will never forget the screeching sound one made.
'A terrible sound, like a 'rowr', very strong,' she said.
Police and Hincapie finally managed to round-up the lemurs and put them in their cage.
North Miami Beach Sgt. Richard Rand said: 'In my 17 years, I have never seen anything like this. This is the first time I've been dispatched to a call like this.'
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has launched an investigation into the incident. Hincapie was fined for having an expired permit for the lemurs and for allowing them to escape. But officials say he will be allowed to keep the animals.
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