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Missing a gorilla? Overland Park police have found it

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Call it Gorilla in the Mist.

Officers were dispatched to an Overland Park neighborhood on Saturday on a report of a strange visitor.

Once they arrived at the neighborhood just south of West 119th and Westgate streets, they found an intruder.

A 300-pound cement gorilla was standing next to a park gazebo.

"The gorilla was too heavy for officers to move, so a tow truck with a crane was ordered to remove the interloper," Overland Park police said. "Officers checked with neighbors in the area and were unable to locate anyone who was missing a cement gorilla."

Police have dubbed the gorilla "Mack." It's at the OPPD's large evidence room, just waiting to return to its rightful home.

"This was an unusual discovery ... Somebody wants it back. It obviously belongs to someone and they're going to want it back," said Officer Jackie Zickel. "He does look small concrete, but he's solid concrete."

If you know who this gorilla belongs to, call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300. And no, your calendar does not read April Fool's Day 2013.

If Mack isn't claimed, then he will go up for auction just like any other unclaimed property.

But that probably won't happen. Folks are going bananas over the gorilla. The department has received call after call from folks claiming Mack is theirs.

"Today has been rather shocking regarding the response on this gorilla," said Overland Park police Officer Michelle Koos. "I just know the police department has their hands full on something that seems trivial, but this is someone's property."

An Olathe couple had their gorilla stolen a few weeks ago and filed a report.

Bob and Joyce McCool emailed KCTV5 to say they believe the gorilla is their Gus, who went missing back in August 2001. No, that's not a typo.

"I filed a theft report with the Overland Park police so that would be the only proof we have that it's ours since we didn't put a collar and tag on it," the email said. "Never thought anyone would take it since it weighs close to 300 pounds."

Gus was the mascot of the Pittsburg State University. He was auctioned off by the Kansas City Gorilla Club to raise money for the university's athletic programs. Gus has been replaced by another gorilla, who now has a heavy duty chain and padlock.

Who will Mack go home with? Well that's still to be determined.

"We handle custody disputes all the time, but a custody dispute over a gorilla is something new," Koos said.

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