Strange & Unusual - Baker County Oran...

Strange & Unusual - Baker County Orangutan May Actually be a Fo...

There are 15 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Nov 16, 2007, titled Strange & Unusual - Baker County Orangutan May Actually be a Fo.... In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

MACCLENNY, FL -- An animal sneaking around Baker County is not an orangutan as originally thought but likely a fox squirrel, state wildlife officials said Friday.

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scott

AOL

#1 Nov 18, 2007
ignorant hillbillies..where did they think an orangutan came from!

opistoglyph

Since: Sep 07

Ravena, NY

#2 Nov 18, 2007
Let's see. Orangutans run about $150,000-plus, require federal, state, local and dangerous animal permits and the facilities have to be inspected regularly. Facilities may cost a million or more.A young orang able to live without it's mom or a mother substitute is going to be 35-40 lbs. How do you get that mixed up with a 2 lb squirrel? Because of legal ramifications and fines as well as the original investment, if an orang escaped, the owner (which would rarely be a private citizen, there has to be a REASON to have the permits) would immediately report it and it would be national news, with search parties. There are rare orange leaf eating monkeys from SA called uakaris that are not as hard to obtain (cat sized), as well as golden lion tamarins (squirrel sized), also rare but obtainable. No black market in orangs.People have called me about a wolf in their garage (raccoon), a bobcat in their barn (opossum), an albino snake (twice) that turned out to be clothesline, half the population couldn't identify their own kid in a lineup.
Mr Giblets

UK

#3 Nov 18, 2007
we had recently a man whose dog was killed by a "huge black panther" (panther sightings are very common in Britain - don't ask why). DNA showed the panther was a badger. A "lion" proved to be a ginger tomcat, and most other "panthers" are black cats. They usually show up around the time the pubs shut. People from one town are supposed to have hanged a monkey as a French spy during the Napoleonic wars.

opistoglyph

Since: Sep 07

Ravena, NY

#4 Nov 18, 2007
Mr Giblets wrote:
we had recently a man whose dog was killed by a "huge black panther" (panther sightings are very common in Britain - don't ask why). DNA showed the panther was a badger. A "lion" proved to be a ginger tomcat, and most other "panthers" are black cats. They usually show up around the time the pubs shut. People from one town are supposed to have hanged a monkey as a French spy during the Napoleonic wars.
I remember reading the monkey incident- back then it was common to hang livestock for one reason or another. See the black cat thread, things haven't improved much. I have read about "Surrey panthers" or lions occasionally.
Mr Giblets

UK

#5 Nov 18, 2007
according to the popular press, Britain is swarming with panthers. But, a real wallaby DID run onto a motorway and get run over. And, we now have wild boars in the forests - they escaped , or were released by animal rights nutters, from boar farms. They are dangerous, and attack people.
scott

AOL

#6 Nov 18, 2007
i saw bigfoot at walmart!

opistoglyph

Since: Sep 07

Ravena, NY

#7 Nov 18, 2007
Mr Giblets wrote:
according to the popular press, Britain is swarming with panthers. But, a real wallaby DID run onto a motorway and get run over. And, we now have wild boars in the forests - they escaped , or were released by animal rights nutters, from boar farms. They are dangerous, and attack people.
Yep. You guys got screwed up with the "free the mink" releases, too, thousands of them from two farms in a couple years, killing endangered birds, reptiles and amphibians. Your wildlife is struggling, you have some of the best people in the business working on saving them, and then these idiots come along setting loose non-native animals.
Mychala

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Mar 10, 2008
I love golden lion tamarins but that is not why i am talking to you. Now what is about teachers they say do your best like on a test but when you do bad than they say oh you should have down better
I spotted this Monkey

United States

#9 Mar 20, 2008
I seen this Monkey it had a name its name was Shannon Midyette I spotted it down on first st up in the BIG tree speading eagle and releasing fruit flies!!!

Since: Jan 08

United States

#10 Mar 20, 2008
Anyone seen Denise Lee lately?
Mr Giblets

Spain

#11 Mar 20, 2008
opistoglyph wrote:
<quoted text>Yep. You guys got screwed up with the "free the mink" releases, too, thousands of them from two farms in a couple years, killing endangered birds, reptiles and amphibians. Your wildlife is struggling, you have some of the best people in the business working on saving them, and then these idiots come along setting loose non-native animals.
I just saw that! They were all loose on the river in Wales where I live, nasty dangerous little things as well.
Now we have the wild boars in the Forest of Dean , attacking people. Thanks, you tree-huggers!

Since: Mar 08

Hannacroix, NY

#12 Mar 20, 2008
Mr Giblets wrote:
<quoted text>I just saw that! They were all loose on the river in Wales where I live, nasty dangerous little things as well.
Now we have the wild boars in the Forest of Dean , attacking people. Thanks, you tree-huggers!
Just was reading about the boars not too long ago. Non-native wildlife eradication is a particular interest of mine and I talk about it a lot in my wildlife programs.

Since: Mar 08

Hannacroix, NY

#13 Mar 20, 2008
Mychala wrote:
I love golden lion tamarins but that is not why i am talking to you. Now what is about teachers they say do your best like on a test but when you do bad than they say oh you should have down better
Good point!
Vin

United States

#14 Mar 20, 2008
Was it an Orangutan or a Squirrel??! I mean , it's so hard to tell them apart sometimes......ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME??!!

Since: Mar 08

Hannacroix, NY

#15 Mar 20, 2008
Yeah the fact that a newborn baby orang is larger than a fox squirrel might be one tip.

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