Baboon on the loose in NJ

    Something to watch out for on your holiday weekend: A baboon appears to be on the loose in central New Jersey. 

    Police say they received two calls Thursday afternoon reporting spotting the monkey.

    One came from a diver who said the animal was near Interstate 195. The second came from a woman who said a baboon was sitting on her back porch in Jackson.

    It’s believed the baboon may have escaped from the nearby Six Flags Great Adventure’s Monkey Jungle.

    The park has 150 baboons. But park officials say they are not positive one is missing because the animals are not counted daily. They are fenced in and implanted with microchips.

    Officials say anyone who spots the roaming baboon should call police — and not approach the animal, even though baboons are not typically aggressive.

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