“I walk my dog there everyday and it appeared out of nowhere on Thursday morning," a local resident told the Ely Standard
. " I took one look at it and couldn’t quite believe it, it’s enormous.”
The gorilla has several moving parts but is badly rusted in some areas.
The discovery was reported to authorities, who are now trying to discover where the creature came from. Waste contractors for the council are placing it in storage until investigations are completed.
"In all our years of investigating cases of fly tipping none of us have ever come across a 12 foot metal gorilla," said
Mark Mehaffey, enforcement officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council.
"Although not in the best of conditions, the 'ape' clearly came from somewhere so we are keen to hear from anyone who has any information about how to the animal got there or knows who owned it. Flytipping is something we take very seriously and there are fines of up to £50,000 and five years imprisonment for anyone who is caught dumping waste illegally."
Photos of the gorilla can be seen on the Cambs Times