EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office say they received a very strange call on Sunday that sounded like a “scene from Jumanji,” but it was in fact real.

Deputies say two Patas monkeys are on the loose in North Effingham. Officials are working with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to trap them.

To residents, they never thought they’d have monkeys on the loose in their town.

“That’s wild,” Springfield residents Emily and Rick Mathis said. “We might want to be concerned and be observant. Yeah, especially around for kids. Yeah, especially for children just in case. You never know.”

But to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it’s not a totally uncommon occurrence.

“It happens from time to time with some of our licensed folks,” said Mark McKinnon, the public information officer for DNR Law Enforcement. “You know, they have enclosures for their animals but occasionally those animals do get out.”

Patas monkeys are originally found in west and central Africa and can run as fast as 35 miles per hour, making them the fastest type of primate.

Officials say while the monkeys are not believed to be dangerous, they are asking people to stay away from the wild animals.

“The fact that people would even own monkeys in general, you don’t really hear that often,” resident Dakota said.

You do need a wild animal license with the Georgia DNR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to own exotic animals, including monkeys. McKinnon said those are typically given out for two reasons: exhibition (such as a zoo) or breeding.

Officials said how the monkeys got out and if the owners have the proper permits are all part of the investigation. But the focus now is finding the pair.

“We’ve set traps which are basically cages that bait in them trying to capture them into those cages,” McKinnon said. “Right now they’re a little skittish so we’re having to take our time and lure them into these cages.”

As of Monday, the DNR and Effingham County Sheriff’s Office continue their search. But officials tell News 3 they do have a good idea of where the monkeys are located.

If you see them, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office’s non-emergency line at 912-754-3449.

The attached photo is a sample photo of what the missing monkeys look like.