A weekly newspaper splashed about the discovery of a headless monkey in the town…before it emerged that the animal was in fact a squirrel.
The Northwich Guardian’s front page this week was headlined “Mystery of headless monkey found in street” told how a member of the public had found the animal on Saturday near a railway line.
Police described it as a small monkey with a black and white tail and alerted the RSPCA to investigate the incident.
However, the paper has now published a story online saying the RPSCA investigation had revealed the “monkey” was actually a squirrel under the headline “Case of mistaken identity for headless monkey”.
The follow-up article says: “The RSPCA inspection into a ‘headless monkey’ found in a Northwich road has revealed that the animal was actually a squirrel.
“The grisly discovery was made by a passer-by in Danefield Road at noon on Saturday.
“Police, who described the animal as a small monkey with a black and white tail, logged the incident with the RSPCA and put the body on ice until inspectors could begin their investigation.
“It appears that the animal may have been hit by a car.”