Saturday 27 May 2017

Baboon recaptured after three days

A wayward baboon that apparently escaped from an amusement park and became a mini-celebrity has been captured
A wayward baboon that apparently escaped from an amusement park and became a mini-celebrity has been captured

A wayward baboon that apparently escaped from an amusement park and became a mini-celebrity - appearing at a golf course and being followed on Twitter - has been captured after spending three days on the run.

The animal appeared to be unharmed when it was found and tranquilised at a farm in southern New Jersey.

The farm is not far from Six Flags Great Adventure's Monkey Jungle in Jackson Township, which has about 150 baboons that are part of a drive-through safari.

Park officials confirmed the capture and said they believed the animal was theirs. But they will not know for sure until it is assessed and they can see if it has a microchip that is embedded in all their baboons.

Numerous online followers tracked the baboon's travels after it initially was spotted on Thursday. Many posted on a tongue-in-cheek Twitter account created by a person posing as the baboon.

Park spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher said the baboon, which appeared to be an adolescent, would be taken to the park for a physical exam and health assessment.

She said all of Great Adventure's baboons are vaccinated, fenced in and implanted with microchips beneath their skin, but they are not counted daily because they sleep outside in the Monkey Jungle preserve.

And if it turns out that it was one of their baboons that escaped, park officials want to know how it got out because they have found no signs that an escape occurred.

Police and park officials had been looking for the baboon since Thursday afternoon, after a driver saw it near a major road. A short time later, a woman reported that the baboon was sitting on her back porch.

Officials had said the baboon did not pose a threat to residents but as a precaution warned them not to approach it if they encountered it. They believed the animal was frightened and was just trying to find its way back home.

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