[monkeywire] Search underway for Loose Primate in Campbell County
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Thu Oct 23 09:15:35 EDT 2003
Search underway for Loose Primate in Campbell County
October 20, 2003
By VINCE LENNON
6 News Reporter
JACKSBORO (WATE) -- Animal control
Campbell County are searching for a primate, perhaps weighing 400
pounds, that's on the loose. And nearly 100 pets are missing.
"I didn't really get a good
look at his face because he didn't hang around
all that long," Donna Keathley said about
when she saw an ape-like
creature last week in LaFollette. "But he's big and he's got a really
bad stinkful odor to him."
Animal Control Officer George Moses said, "I
believe that the people believe that they see it. I don't have any
reason to doubt them, that they're mistaken."
Moses said he hasn't seen the animal but he's certainly heard of it.
He started getting calls about it three
weeks ago. All the alleged sightings
center on the College Hill community, just outside the LaFollette city
Coinciding with the sightings are numerous reports of missing cats
and kittens. "All told, over 100" are missing, Moses said.
According to Donna Keathley, when she startled the animal, "This
kitten he threw at me, no one knows where it come from."
One College Hill man, who declined to be identified, claims the
primate is an orangutan. He said he saw it Tuesday morning leaving
stool samples on his property.
Many College Hill residents believe the animal escaped a circus that
performed at the nearby National Guard armory a few months back. But
the LaFollette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff's
Department didn't take any reports of a missing animal.
Donna Keathley said her neighbors are ready to shoot the animal. "If
I had a gun, I would've shot it."
Several people told 6 News Monday that they want the animal caught or
killed before Halloween so it can't attack a child or another pet.
Campbell County officers warn anyone who sees the animal not to
attempt capturing it. It's considered dangerous. Instead, any sighting
should be reported immediately to LaFollette Animal Control at
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