CINCINNATI – Police have yet to find monkeys on Thursday that were reportedly reported loose near a cemetery on Wednesday evening.
At least two calls were made to Cincinnati Police about the monkeys, but dispatchers were unable to contact the callers, police said. Officers investigated the area, but no monkeys were seen.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Spokeswoman Michelle Curley told The Enquirer, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, that the zoop is ready to respond. Although it is not known whether the reports of monkey sightings are valid.
“We are assessing the situation to see if there is anything we can do to help the Cincinnati Police Department. Nothing could be done in the dark,” said Curley.
Officers first responded to the west side of town around 10 p.m. Wednesday after residents reported seeing the monkeysswinging from trees at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, according to Fox 19. They left the scene after finding nothing, but said they planned to return later Thursday morning.
There are no details yet on the species or confirmation of their origin, but the primates are believed to be larger than a garbage can, WKRC-TV reported.
Police also said no one who claimed to own monkeys had made a report. Earlier, FOX19 said police believed the monkeys may have escaped from a house.
A video shared on Facebook began to circulate, showing monkeys in a tree.
The Ohio Exotic Animals Act, enacted in 2012, banned private owners from acquiring, selling and breeding restricted species in Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. .
The shortlist includes lions, tigers, bears, elephants, some monkeys, rhinos, alligators, crocodiles, anacondas and pythons over 12 feet, some vipers and all poisonous snakes.
Owners who have registered the animals they own – and who meet the caging and care standards set out in the law – can keep their animals for as long as they live. But they cannot buy new ones or raise the ones they own.
Residents of Ohio are allowed to own marmosets, capuchins, lemurs and squirrel monkeys, according to the Department of Agriculture. Other species are considered dangerous wild animals in Ohio.