JACKSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — – Don’t monkey with this baboon.

There were several reported sightings of the animal in Jackson. While it is not clear where the baboon came from, it likely escaped from the nearby Six Flags Great Adventure safari park, which houses about 150 of them.

The animal — said to be frightened — is also on the move, according to law enforcement officials.

Jackson Township Police Captain David Newman told 1010 WINS that the baboon was last seen near a golf course in Freehold, which is about 10 miles from where it was first spotted in Jackson.

1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney With The Latest On The Baboon

The baboon was able to run away into some woods before it could be tranquilized.

Lynn Martin said she spotted an unusual animal fifty yards away in a wooded area behind her home in Jackson around 10 a.m. Friday morning.

“I just ran inside with the kids. I don’t know if they attack or whatever, I don’t know,” Martin told CBS 2’s Wendy Gillette.

Martin’s sighting was the third report of someone seeing a baboon over two days in the area — one was seen at  suburban home and another near Interstate 195.

Officials from Six Flags have joined in the search, but have turned up nothing.  A park spokeswoman told CBS 2 there was no exact count of the baboons because they sleep outside — so it’s unclear if one escaped from the safari.

Neighbors have expressed concern.

“I think it’s horrible. Because they should know how many animals they have over there. They’re wild animals. I mean I live a mile…from Great Adventure and now they’re in my backyard,” Michael Baumert said.

It’s also possible the baboon could have been someone’s pet and escaped.

“We are working closely with personnel from Great Adventure from their Safari and we have not yet determined the origin of this animal,” Newman said earlier Friday.

Meanwhile, a tongue-in-cheek Twitter account created by a person tweeting as the baboon had quickly drawn numerous followers. The poster was sharing humorous anecdotes of its travels, including stops at local restaurants and numerous attractions along the Jersey Shore.

Among the posted remarks was one stating: “I mean Six Flags is cool and all, but I’m ready for a vacation — Let’s do this.”

Residents are urged not to approach the baboon if they see it. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 732-928-1111.

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Comments (19)
  1. Panama foundation says:

    Police say they received two calls Thursday afternoon from people who saw the monkey. The second came from a woman who said a baboon was sitting on her back porch in Jackson. The baboon may have escaped from the nearby Six Flags Great Adventures Monkey Jungle.

  2. Mo says:

    Burn in hell you ignorant trash-oh wait, you will. We should feed dogs to white people-after all, that’s all you are-smelly dogs!

  3. Bob Fowler says:

    Why don’t you get a keyboard that has a working CapsLk button? Or is it that you just don’t know how to make the big letters go away? Seems like more than Nathan is being challenged by the baboon, eh there Pike?

  4. nathan says:

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  5. watchdog says:

    Hmmm from the looks and behavior sounds more like NJ Gov Chris Christie running from the Unions!

    1. LAzyFatUnionMess says:

      Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! I want my six, figure ,annual, pension….Waaaaaaahhhh! I want to retire at fifty…Waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!! And I want YOU to pay for it. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. watchdog says:

        Hmmm “LazyFat…Mess” sounds like the Gov LOL Oh well he could always escape the monkey penn by choper!

      2. watchdog needs spell check says:

        Choper? Watchdog, drop out of grammer school? You must be a union worker…

      3. WatchmuttNeeds Spellcheck says:

        Choper? Educate yourself much watchmutt?

  6. time bandit says:

    Humans are boobs. They don’t know and don’t care about anything. The dolt who was worried about the baboon attacking is the type that won’t let a child touch a cow. You have to use your senses,which that person didn’t have any of. The baboon is more interested in food than competing for territory or mating privilege. Maybe she could walk around the back yard with her bare ass stuck out and help the authorities catch the unfortunate animal. They are not insensate, just wild. Don’t be stupid and try to be Jungle Jim….common sense and all that, which is so poorly displayed in humans.

  7. HUGO says:

    How does anyone know that the baboon is frightened? He’s probably thrilled to be free and is having a great time. I hope he avoids capture and enjoys his new life.

    1. Hania says:

      Wow not he needs food

  8. MCK says:

    The baboon is either Fred Wilpon or Jeff Wilpon! He was trying to get to the mets-yankees game tonight!

  9. rich says:

    Relax, at least you’ve got some excitement in your otherwise pathetically bland lives.
    Go to Africa.

  10. justpassinthru says:

    Maybe it’s Caesar?

  11. Peggy says:

    We are getting ready to go to six flags (from Pittsburgh PA) and now i am slightly concerned, because how safe can the park actually be if a baboon got loose and they cant even tell you if it is theirs or not , due to the neglect of not counting their animals. …Most places keep count, as well as name each animals for the sake of proper vet care, but i guess not every place is equally responsible. Hope they find him alive and safe and i also hope six flags takes this as a lesson learned and tries much harder to get a grip on their wild life safari, .. ( as for the horrible and immature comments on here , I really expected more out of adults but i guess it maybe true that these primates are much smarter than some humans because they dont practice racism or prejudice, like some of the low life humans do.,,, when will we all grow up and realize we all breath the same air and we all bleed the same way,, my children who are just babies are more mature than some of the adults on here,

    1. Very conservative says:

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  12. jtorres says:

    Baboons are just as smart as humans (smarter even than some) He probably sharpened a spoon, jimmied the lock, got out, and relocked it. Then he overpowered the guard and made a break for it. Come on. Six Flags doesn’t keep a correct count of how many baboons they have? Can’t they tell if one is missing? Or do they have baboons running the place?

  13. rational mind says:

    perhaps they shouldn’t imprison animals for human amusement…….id’ run away too

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