Monkeys are reportedly on the loose in Cincinnati. Police have yet to find them.


CINCINNATI — Police were responding Thursday to multiple overnight calls about monkeys on the loose near a cemetery.

The report may have been misinformation, but police are taking it seriously, said Cincinnati police Sgt. Jacob Hicks. No officers have reported seeing the monkeys in St. Joseph Cemetery, he said.  

At least two calls were made Wednesday to Cincinnati police about the monkeys, but dispatchers were not able to make further contact with the callers, police said. 

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

The cemetery does have 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 whoever filmed and put (the video) on social media, it was (seen) through the power lines because you can see the power lines in the video.”

The video circulating Facebook shows three dark bodies in the trees, but it’s too dark to cle

Bruce VanHook, who manages the cemetery, was there at 6:30 a.m. “Between him and I, we have patrolled for probably the last two hours and we cannot see anything that is similar to a monkey,” Bitner said.

The cemetery property borders privately owned woods that stretch about a half of a mile away, he said.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden spokeswoman Michelle Curley told The Enquirer, part of the USA TODAY Network, that the zoo was prepared to respond if needed.

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