Monkey Bites Pennsylvania Girl, 9, Visiting Virginia Beach

Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the monkey and its owner

A 9-year-old Pennsylvania girl visiting Virginia Beach suffered a monkey bite Wednesday night, authorities say.

Police in Virginia Beach said the child was in a tourist area about a block from the beach about 10:30 p.m. when she came into contact with the monkey, apparently someone's pet, and its owner. The monkey bit the girl, and the animal and its owner took off, police said.

"The owner and the monkey fled the area immediately following the exposure," police said in a statement posted to their Facebook page.

A Virginia Beach police spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday that the girl who suffered the bite is from Pennsylvania. The spokeswoman said she did not know where in Pennsylvania the girl lives.

Police said an animal control officer responded to the scene. They're still looking for the biting monkey and its owner, and are offering a reward up to $1,000 reward for information leading to them.

The incident remained under investigation Thursday.

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