NH’s Devil Monkey
Since 1923, the Appalachians have
been believed to be the stomping ground of what some people call
Devil Monkeys. Though they are thought to lurk in the mountains,
every so often they are seen venturing into suburbia. They are
described as between three and eight feet in height, with baboon or
dog-like snouts, and dark black hair. These hostile primates are
said to sport long claws, pointy ears and white hair from neck to
belly. What makes those who have witness them so frightened is not
only how out of place they appear, but that they have been reported
to attack and sometime kill, small game, livestock and dogs.
In Sept of 2001 the small town of Danville, New Hampshire was terrified by one of these
large black primates. Fire Chief David Kimball and eleven other people witnessed this
hairy beast near Pleasant Street and Kingston Road. The monkey was said to have
jumped into the middle of the street, hopped a bit, and then lunged away as Kimball
drove down Kingston Road. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Kimball said. He
later described the creature as being a black monkey, measuring about eight feet long
from his tail to his hands. He said it was very woolly and dark brown all over with a
red hue. After viewing a program on the Adventure Channel Kimball believed that
he had seen a Humboldt’s woolly monkey, which is native to the Amazon.
Pleasant Street resident Vivian Wicker, claimed to have heard the
monkey hollering. "It wasn't a sound I had heard before,” said
Vivian. She described it as a hooting or a strange howling sound it
made every couple of minutes.
The residents of Danville were
said to be “getting very nervous about the eight feet.” On Sept 9th
search parties were formed to seek out the Devil Monkey. Though it
was never found, it drew the attention from the national media. A
human interest story was filmed and had been schedule to air on the
‘Today Show,’ but it never did.
Some believe it was
a feral monkey that was abandoned by it owner or escaped from a zoo.
Since 2001 there have been no further sightings, but some believe it
still dwells in the safety of the Appalachian Mountains.