Police think reports of monkeys on the loose in Cincinnati may have been 'misinformation'

Police think reports of monkeys on the loose in Cincinnati may have been 'misinformation'
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  • Police in Cincinnati say reports of a group of monkeys on the loose in Cincinnati may be inaccurate.
  • Sgt. Jacob Hicks told the Cincinnati Enquirer that no officers have seen the monkeys firsthand.
  • Police received 911 calls reporting primates on the loose, leading to a wild nighttime hunt.

Cincinnati Police say reports of missing monkeys being on the loose in the city may have been "misinformation."

Police said in Wednesday night that they received two 911 calls about a group of monkeys escaping a private home.

Cincinnati Police Sgt. Jacob Hicks told the Cincinnati Enquirer that despite reports of monkeys being seen in St. Joseph Cemetery in the East Price Hill neighborhood, no officers on his team have seen the monkeys in person.
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He said that officers are still investigating the reports.

Police started searching for the monkeys since around 10 p.m. on Wednesday after residents reported spotting the animals, according to the FOX 19.

Stephen Bitner, president of Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society, which owns St. Joseph Cemetery, told the Enquirer that people may have heard wild turkeys and mistaken them for monkeys, and referenced a video of the supposed monkeys that circulated on Facebook.
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"Wild turkeys nest in trees, so the question is were they nesting in the trees, because whoever filmed and put on social media, it was through the power lines because you can see the power lines in the video," he said.

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