Footage of the chimpanzee exploring a city centre has gone viral, and been viewed more than 350,000 times on Twitter.
Primatologist Cat Hobaiter told Newsweek the footage was "quite disturbing to watch" as such behavior is not normal.
"We're having an affair, I'll just say. Other dozens of visitors are allowed to make contact," said Adie Timmermans. "Then why not me?"
Traditionally, scientists thought Australopithecus' larger brain size meant it was smarter than modern great apes, but new research suggests that assumption is wrong.
"I'm not saying that there is no monkey, in fact, I am sure there is one on the loose. Out here, anything is possible, said Santa Fe police lieutenant Greg Boody.
Researchers analyzed 200 years of research relating to non-human primates and how they deal with death.
Animals need some ice-cold loving too.