ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources released photos Friday in response to the multiple sightings of a Rhesus macaque monkey in the Albany/Lee Co. area.
There have been sightings in Bainbridge, Baker County, along the Kinchafooneee Creek, and most recently in the Marsh Landing apartment complex and near Lake Chehaw.
Officials said the origin of the animal is still unknown, as no nearby facilities are missing one.
They went on to urge the public to be aware to treat the monkey as a wild animal, and it should not be approached, fed or handled in any way.
According to the release, Rhesus macaques can carry the Herpes B virus and have the ability to spit or throw fecal matter, and can potentially be aggressive relative to food.
Due to these public safety and health concerns, if anyone sees the animal, please call the DNR Game Management Office in Albany at 229-430-4254 or after normal business hours call the State Operations Center at 1-800-241-4113.