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A chimpanzee is on the run in Texas and not letting anyone get in its way, officials said on Tuesday.

The animal, which has been on the loose since Monday, has been harassing people and dogs, as well as trying to take cats in the Santa Fe area, according to Houston ABC station KTRK.

However, the Bayou Animal Services shelter wrote on Facebook that they do not have reports that the chimpanzee is harassing animals. The shelter also did not specifically say that the animal was a chimpanzee and just described it as a monkey.

But a spokesman for the Texas Park and Wildlife confirmed to ABC News the animal on the loose was in fact a chimpanzee.

The shelter, located in the city of Dickinson, offered tips to anyone who comes across the chimp, including not to approach or try to catch the animal and not to go out searching for it.

"The safety of residents, and the animal are top priority. Please allow the primate team to do their job, and please keep phone lines free in order for us to take actual verifiable reports," the shelter wrote on Facebook.

Santa Fe police and Galveston County authorities are leading the search for the animal. Following calls from citizens, the department said it spent "approximately an hour and a half" Tuesday searching for the animal, after doing the same one day earlier, but could not find it either time.

"The Santa Fe Police Department has been unable to substantiate that there is a primate on the loose, or that anyone has been attacked," police said in a statement. "Please see the Santa Fe Police Department's Facebook page for information on what to do and don't do should someone come in contact with a primate."

Police wrote on Facebook that they were "looking into this matter."
 

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Blunderbuss Firozabad

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While taking a look at the rooftop "terrace"of my cheap hotel ($4), in Agra, India, I had an unpleasant encounter with a gang of monkeys.
When they heard me hit the top step, they instantly, and in unison, swiveled their heads around to glare at me.
By the time I had blinked and thought "oh shit", they had surrounded me.
They were millimeters from my legs and feet, their evil heads turned to the side, mouths open, fangs dripping. threatening me with a sound biting.
I remember having the quick last thought.... "This is REALLY going to hurt."
My boyfriend threw a chair up the stairs, and they scattered.
I ran down the stairs past the 3rd floor Post Office, that kept a herd of goats, and burst into the lobby to raise the alarm.
The clerks just laughed and laughed.

So this news article alarmed me, but was mitigated by the Alf-like reports of cat snatching.
 

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ghosttruck

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@Blunderbuss Firozabad ...similarly my wife tells the story of her being in Uganda and having to piss but they were in the middle of nothing waiting for passengers. Well "Lady Ghost" ain't shy so she decided to walk a bit into the bush and get it done. A "giant" monkey flew out of the bush and chased her all the way back to the bus...I giggle every time I picture her scampering back to the bus!
 

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EyEgOrE

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It was this that irked me: "However, the Bayou Animal Services shelter wrote on Facebook that they do not have reports that the chimpanzee is harassing animals. The shelter also did not specifically say that the animal was a chimpanzee and just described it as a monkey."

I had to address it, because NERD. :shame:
You weren't the only one irked.

I was gonna address it, because BA in Anthropology. ;)
 

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