Imagine walking along or driving down a street and spottingÂ—a baboon in New Jersey? What on earth? Now that would be an incredibly odd sighting. It's true, though. The animal has been seen walking loose on the streets of a New Jersey neighborhood. Where did it come from?
Authorities say the baboon may have escaped from the nearby theme park. There are 150 baboons that live at Six Flag's Great Adventure's Monkey Jungle.
Okay, so it may not be completely random, but, if it did escape from the park, how on earth did the baboon get loose? Are baboons dangerous? Do people need to be worried?
Baboon in New Jersey
According to Six Flags spokesperson Kristin Siebeneicher, "To our knowledge, none of our animals have left the premises, but it is not impossible." She says that because there is breeding happening, "they live as naturally as possible." The baboons sleep outdoors at night, so they are not always counted by the staff.
Siebeneicher is not sure when the last count was, but said there has not been any noticeable "tampering" with the fences.
So, the baboon in New Jersey remains a mystery. If it is one of Six Flag's, all of their baboons are microchipped. "It could be be identified if you had a chip reader," Siebeneicher said, "but you'd need to have [the baboon] in your possession."
The baboon in New Jersey was first spotted on Thursday near Interstate 195. Later that day, a woman discovered a baboon sitting on her back porch in Jackson. Can you imagine? A baboon sitting on your porch? That's too funny.
The baboon was spotted again Friday morning in developments nearby the theme park.
Well, it seems the baboon just wanted a vacation of some sort? Hopefully he will be safely escorted back to the park. Shame on him for not signing out first!