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Baboon On The Run In NJ, Authorities Suspect It May Belong To Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park

Baboon

07/ 1/11 01:31 PM ET   AP

JACKSON, N.J. — A baboon is on the loose in New Jersey.

Police say they received two calls Thursday afternoon from people who saw the monkey, and two more residents reported Friday morning that a baboon was walking around in their neighborhoods. But despite an ongoing search of the areas, the elusive animal remained on the lam into Friday afternoon.

Authorities say the baboon may have escaped from the nearby Six Flags Great Adventure's Monkey Jungle. The park has 150 baboons.

But park officials are not positive one of their animals is missing because they are not counted daily.

The Great Adventure baboons are fenced in and implanted with microchips. Park officials say no breaches were found in the fences around Monkey Jungle, and no signs of a potential escape have been found.

Officials say anyone who spots the roaming baboon should call police – and not approach the animal, even though baboons are not typically aggressive.

The first baboon sighting came Thursday, when a driver said the animal was near Interstate 195, and later that day a woman said a baboon was sitting on her back porch in Jackson. On Friday morning, two residents in developments not far from the park reported a baboon was in their neighborhoods.

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Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com

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