Field Report Summer 1973: The Monkey in the Tree

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FIELD REPORT SUMMER 1973v4

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Many of the physical aspects of the creature encountered in the summer of 1973 have been forgotten; it is not expected that an eight-year-old boy should remember such features, nor even think to look for them. While it is certainly plausible that the monkey was, in fact, an animal which had escaped from a zoo, or a circus, it is also reasonable to suggest that it was, in fact, an EC.

It should be noted, for the purposes of this Report, that my recollections of this creature do not resemble a Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), but rather a large Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) or Common Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Although I have not found any reports of escaped primates in east-central South Dakota during this period, one cannot infer that such occurrences did not take place; it is not unreasonable to suggest that such a primate could have made its way to the farm, and taken up residence there, albeit temporarily.

The possibility of an EC in the tree cannot be discounted, however; in 1973 John Green reported an incident at Johnson Siding, west of Rapid City, which occurred in November of that year.

The Wounded Knee incident, which occurred from February to May, 1973 at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, must also be considered a factor in this Report. Based on the number of encounters reported in this area, it is not unreasonable to suggest that a resident population of EC on the reservation may have experienced a migration and/or habitation shift, in several directions, in the aftermath. Although a flurry of encounters were reported in 1977, the paucity of same in 1973 does not indicate a lack thereof.

To open the report, simply double-click on the words “FIELD REPORT” and the PDF file will open for you; you may then download the file to your own computer, or read here, at your leisure.

Sanjay R Singhal, RA

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