A Tewksbury resident reported seeing ‘what appeared to be a monkey.’ Now police are trying to catch it.

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A monkey may be on the free in Tewksbury.

Police there say they responded to Michael Street round 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a resident reported seeing “what appeared to be a monkey in the tree line of their backyard.”

Officers and the city’s Animal Control used ATVs and drones to go looking the world, noting that it’s subsequent to Tewksbury State Hospital, however didn’t see the obvious escaped ape.

“At this time, we are not sure what type of animal the resident may have seen,” police mentioned in a information launch. “Animal Control will be setting up cameras and traps in the area to find the animal so that we can identify it and, if necessary, relocate it to a safe location.”

Shawsheen Animal Hospital, sharing a grainy photograph of the animal on Facebook, advised residents to be looking out for the alleged monkey, and advised them to name police.

“DO NOT touch the monkey!!” the animal hospital mentioned, including that monkeys might be “dangerous” and might carry Herpes B, which might be critical for people.

Police additionally mentioned to not feed or strategy the animal and to name them if it’s seen at 978-851-7373.