VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Authorities said they have received at least eight reported sightings of a monkey on the loose in Lowndes County.
The monkey was described as being about the size of a small to medium sized dog.
It was apparently first spotted in Hahira, then in Valdosta. Around 2:30 Friday afternoon, a city of Valdosta employee reported seeing the monkey in a yard in the 400 block of River St. The city employee reported that the monkey was seen heading towards J.L. Lomax Dr.
The sightings were first reported on September 7th. Police received several more reports of monkey sightings on September 10th, but officers said they have not seen the monkey.
Officials with Wild Adventures later confirmed that no monkeys were missing from the theme park, and have received no reports of a missing monkey.
"We do not want anybody to try to take this on by themselves. We do not want anybody shooting at this monkey. We want 911 called and have law enforcement officers go to the scene," emphasized Valdosta Police Department Lt. Kari Williams.
Valdosta State University authorities issued an alert to students about the monkey sightings, warning them to not approach or touch it if seen.