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Police try to round up the primates


CINCINNATI – At least two 911 calls reported monkeys were roaming free in a cemetery overnight, but police had yet to find them by Thursday afternoon.

The report may have been misinformation, but Cincinnati Police Sgt. Jacob Hicks said Thursday morning they are taking it seriously. No officer reported seeing the monkeys at Saint-Joseph cemetery.

Stephen Bittner, president of the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society, which owns the cemetery, said he checked security cameras but saw no activity.

The cemetery has a flock of wild turkeys, he added.

“Wild turkeys nest in trees,” he said. “So the question is, ‘Were they nesting in the trees,’ because anyone who filmed and posted (the video) on social media she can see the power lines in the video. “

The video circulating on Facebook shows three dark bodies in the trees, but it is too dark to tell what they were.

Bruce VanHook, who runs the cemetery, was there at 6:30 a.m.

“Between him and me, we’ve been patrolling for probably the last two hours and we can’t see anything that looks like a monkey,” Bittner said.

The cemetery property borders private woods that stretch for about half a mile, he said.

At least two calls were made to Cincinnati police on Wednesday evening about the reported monkeys, but dispatchers were unable to contact the callers, police said.



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