UPDATE, midnight, July 3 (Jersey time): The baboon has been found after she travelled through two counties! (Yes, the baboon is a female.) — Thanks for all your comments! We were “down the shore” somewhat in the vicinity of where the baboon was found and I admit, I did look around a bit to see if I spotted “anything unusual.”
It seems another NJ resident is also taking a vacation over the long holiday weekend.
Meet Jersey Baboon.
The Star-Ledger reports that, around 2pm Thursday afternoon, a woman called police to tell them she had seen a baboon on her deck:
The call came 15 minutes after a driver reported seeing a baboon on the south side of I-195, prompting police and representatives of the nearby Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari park to rush to the woman’s house on Anderson Street, said township police.
Six Flags is indeed in Jackson, where the woman who saw the baboon on her deck lives. Indeed, her house is only about a half-mile from what is billed as the “largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa” and which has, yes, a Monkey Jungle.
Apparently the MIA primate is not the first to escape from the park. Jackson police spokesman Lt. Andrew Cheney says that baboon escapes have been rare in the past decade, as Six Flags has installed double-fencing, and one of the fences is electrified. Six Flags itself said that it does not have a report of a missing baboon; however, as a number of baby baboons have recently been born, the park does not currently have an accurate count of its baboon population. The baboon does have a microchip, as CBS News points out.
Two residents in developments near the park also reported seeing a baboon on Friday, says the 101.5 news radio station.
In imitation (I didn’t want to write “aping”) of the frenzy, if it may be called that, after an Egyptian asp went missing from the Bronx Zoo, someone has created a Twitter account with the name of @NewJerseyBaboon — though also another Twitter account, @JerseyBaboon, also exisits. Detailing the supposed antics of a monkey on the run on the Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and heading down the Shore is fine Fourth of July fun:
Assuming the baboon is from Six Flags, hoping he is safe and found soon (down the Shore or on my deck, who knows) and that all the other baboons in Six Flags are currently accounted for.
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