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Residents from a rural group on the outskirts of Stroud, Glos., took to social media in confusion and concern after recognizing the primate strolling about.

Some questioned whether or not the monkey had escaped from its proprietor.

The alarm was first raised by an area resident, posting on the Whiteshill & Ruscombe Community group on Facebook: “Strange question, but is anyone looking for a lost monkey?!

“Seen walking down across the fields from Whiteshill to the main road”.

“My mom in regulation who additionally noticed it and grew up in India thinks it’s a spectacled langur”.

Several individuals have been fast to dismiss the claims, however Melody was not the one individual to see the furry runaway.

Another native resident additionally witnessed it “running north away from Stroud heading towards Painswick”.

Residents have proven concern for the animal questioning round in “such freezing conditions”.

Wildlife knowledgeable and documentary filmmaker Tim Whittard mentioned it was uncommon however not the primary time this has occurred.

He addd: “A monkey was filmed running freely around an area of woodland near Canterbury, Kent in January of 2022, and around 15 years ago in the Forest of Dean several eye-witnesses saw a pair of monkeys which had escaped from a private collection.

“Many people may not realise that there are 85 species of monkey which can be legally purchased in Britain, without a license – as easily as a goldfish or hamster”.

Plans for a brand new Animal Welfare Bill will if handed make it far more troublesome to legally personal these animals as pets.

But at present the RSPCA estimates tat there might as many as 5000 monkeys being stored as pets throughout the UK.