Some kid said she snapped a pic of a baboon in her backyard, but later said she got the pic off the internet. In the meantime, stuff like this was happening:
“In the Florissant neighborhood where people were searching, the scene this afternoon was chaotic. One woman, who did not want to be identified, said she owned a monkey. She made baboon-like noises and scattered Lays potato chips and Cheetos on the ground in an effort to lure out the animal.”
“Officials said that St. Louis Zoo officials, who have been providing advice, confirmed that feces provided by the homeowner, reported to be from the back yard, was from some type of primate.”
“Schools in the area, near Patterson Road and Jana Drive, took precautions and kept children inside during recess.”
“Another woman who said she owned a monkey was walking around with a net, hoping to catch the loose animal.”
Yeah, the kid made it up and I don’t want to know where the feces came from, but what’s funny is the reaction of the community.
And I understand it. If you think there’s a baboon loose in your neighborhood, you’d be out with binoculars too. That doesn’t happen every day. Leaving a trail of Cheetos and making baboon noises is taking it to an extreme, however.