Monkey or Chimpanzee Runs Wild in South Carolina

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office announced on social media that an unnamed monkey was roving the streets of Walterboro, South Carolina.

The authorities have been mum on the details of the runaway monkey or ape, including what kind it is. To avoid frightening the animal, the sheriff’s office asked Walterboro homeowners to keep an eye on their dogs while they were outside.  Reports show that the ape or monkey had previously assaulted a dog in a yard.

Additionally, the creature has approached humans. Barbara Taylor, a resident of the area, recounted the story to her local television station, saying that when she went to get her wallet from her vehicle, the monkey stood right under her metal carport. 

Someone else filmed it as it was perched on a building’s roof and forwarded the footage to a TV station in Charleston.

The monkey has a reddish face and brownish-gray fur, as seen in a photograph shared with various media sources. According to an unnamed expert, a macaque monkey is the most probable identification.

While other primate species are legal to possess in South Carolina, great apes (such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans) are not. 

Morgan Island, located in Beaufort, South Carolina’s St. Helena Sound, covers over 2,000 acres of terrain. 

Monkeys are the rightful owners of this island. There were almost four thousand of them.

For what reason is there a monkey colony on South Carolina’s shore?

Fourteen hundred rhesus monkeys were shipped to the island in the summer of 1979 with the purpose of conducting research. The population has grown to nearly four thousand.

The US government had plotted to set up a self-sustaining breeding program since India prohibited the export of live research animals, and  Morgan Island was an ideal place for them.

Could there also be macaques on Morgan Island?  And could this wandering monkey be one of its residents?