Rumors of roaming orangutan in Texas

Creature sightings reported in Mission for weeks.

An orangutan-like primate reportedly roams the streets here, but no one has been able to capture an image of it — much less the animal itself.

Several law enforcement agencies have heard reports — often rumors — of a large orange- and red-furred animal that wears a white beard, but only one has a documented case.

Investigators who went to the scene solicited the help of John Franz, a Brooks County cowboy, to help apprehend the animal. Dispatchers clocked in Franz’s arrival several hours later at 3:29 a.m. April 16. It’s unclear from the report if anyone else spotted the creature or if it was caught.

Tuesday morning, Mission police became the latest to catch wind of the animal when they received a report from a student aboard a school bus. The sighting of a large primate — later described as the size of a 13-year-old boy — was reported near Stewart Road and Mile 2, said Cpl. Manuel Casas, Mission police spokesman. An officer searched the area, but did not find anything, he said.

Tip: Cryptozoology online

This is from Texas and a few things in it caught my attention. One is the lack of ANYTHING concrete.

The article mentions that drug runners have been repeatedly caught with exotic animals like small primates, boa constrictors and even tigers. Could loose “pets” really be a source of these sighting claims? Maybe so. But I’m not so sure there is a orang on the loose at all yet. It’s all rumors. People have a tendency to see what they think they are supposed to see. We might call it the Red Panda effect.

Then there was this zinger of a claim:

“It’s really common on the Mexican side,” Treviño said about owning exotic animals. “They feed their informants and traitors to (tigers).”

Now, how do you suppose they know that?

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  2 comments for “Rumors of roaming orangutan in Texas

  1. Sean Elliott
    May 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I am amazed nobody has cried Bigfoot yet!

  2. Fastmover01
    May 7, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Here is the catcher. The reporters are saying that it resembles an orang, and not a bigfoot or another crypto. So logic seems to dictate that whatever the likely hood that they may have a released or escaped primate. While people tend to try to apply the closest avatar to what they have seen the reports are far too similar. If it IS from Mexico, the standards for licensing and reporting are not as stringent. I would be more apt to call it into doubt if the reports were a tad more crypto

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