A pet primate remains on the loose in South Carolina

(CNN) — The search for a pet primate who escaped last week from his habitat in South Carolina was ongoing Sunday, a news release from Colleton County Animal Services said.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office advised residents in a Facebook post Friday that a primate is loose somewhere in the Walterboro area, 48 miles west of Charleston.

The animal’s owner “is attempting to capture it and has called in assistance, the sheriff’s office said.

The monkey, whose name is Bradley, is a 15-year-old Macaque who has lived in Walterboro for the past six years, according to animal services.

Bradley’s owner and animal services had not been able to locate him as of 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

“Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Office have received numerous tips as to Bradley’s location but because of the attention this situation has caused on social media and news channels, people who are trying to get a look at Bradley are sadly hampering the owner’s efforts to catch him,” animal services Director Laura Clark said.

Professionals have been hired to help reunite Bradley with his owner, Clark added.

An image taken by Walterboro resident Tiffany Edenfield seems to show the primate standing in the grass. It has a red face, similar to some species of baboon and macaque monkeys.

One Walterboro resident, Kordell Brabham, didn’t believe his grandmother at first when she said she had spotted a “monkey” in the yard.

“Nana, I think you need to go inside, it may be a little too hot out here for you,” Brabham said he told her.

But soon after, he spotted the animal his grandmother was talking about.

In a video shared with CNN, the escapee can be seen walking on top of a shed. Brabham was shocked and said the first thought running through his mind was, “don’t get too close, that’s a monkey.”

The animal eventually climbed down from the shed and went into a nearby yard, Brabham said.

Residents are advised not to approach the primate, which the sheriff’s office said, “could be stressed,” and only to report sightings. “Please monitor your pets while they are outside as a precaution,” the sheriff’s office added.

The sheriff’s office received a report of the primate “attempting to attack a resident’s dog in a yard,” according to South Carolina news station WLTX.

It’s unclear how the animal got loose or came to live in Walterboro, a city of over 5,000 people.

South Carolina law says that it’s illegal to purchase or possess great apes – chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. But it is legal to keep other wild animals as pets, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Smaller primates like monkeys and baboons seem to fall outside the state’s law on possessing wildlife.

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