CINCINNATI (WCMH) — A search is underway in Cincinnati after a report of monkeys on the loose, with them supposedly seen swinging in trees in a cemetery.
According to reports from WLWT-TV and The Associated Press, people reported seeing as many as five monkeys, suspected to be from a private owner. Police and volunteers were searching Saint Joseph’s Cemetery on the city’s west side Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
But Cincinnati police expressed some skepticism after being unable to locate them.
“It may be some misinformation, but we are taking it very seriously,” Sgt. Joseph Hicks said.
The Cincinnati Zoo and a local animal warden helped in the search, and police said they had no reports from primate owners. Some wondered if a video posted on Facebook may have showed wild turkeys in the trees, not monkeys.
One woman in the surrounding neighborhood said she came out to get her cat Wednesday night and took pictures.
“My mom thought I was crazy. I said, ‘Look, there’s monkeys out here.’ Then I heard it making the noises, not ‘ooh ooh aah aah’ stuff, but grunts, so I didn’t know what it was,” Alycha Tucker told WLWT. “I just stood there as my eyes adjusted to pitch blackness, and that is when I saw it, just standing there, taller than garbage can, and its arms were real long hanging down and its arms are real skinny.”