Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 21st, 2010
The reports of a baboon in Missouri, or MOBO (below), not to be confused with MOMO (above), were without any foundation, it turns out.
According to local officials, reports the Examiner, the baboon spotted in Florissant, Missouri “has been labeled a HOAX by police.”
“A 14-year child told police that she took a picture of a baboon in her backyard. The Florissant Police Department called Zoo Experts as well as a K-9 unit to help with the search,” noted the early accounts.
(We are still trying to determine the identity of noted “Zoo Experts.”)
The Hazelwood School District even sent a letter to parents advising them of the potential dangers that people might face, if confronted with the primate.
“But then police learned of an identical picture on a wildlife website and re-interviewed the girl. She admitted the picture was actually taken from a computer screen,” summarized the paper.
For further info on what they are going to do to the girl, see here, which is also the source of the alleged baboon photo.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.