25 Jun '11, 2pm

Research Monkey Escapes

Research Monkey Escapes

On June 15th, a 2-year-old female macaque was noticed to be missing from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station near Atlanta. (Yerkes is associated with Emory University.) The monkey does not harbor any diseases and therefore is not dangerous to people in that way. The macaque on the loose is a wild animal though, and not a pet, so it could bite or scratch, and staying away from the animal has been advised. In their official statement the Yerkes center said, “If you see a monkey, please do not approach it. Call the Yerkes Research Center at 404-727-7732. We will work with Gwinnett County’s animal control authorities to respond appropriately.” (PETA filed a complaint claiming improper care of primates.) Macaques are the most commonly used primates at Yerkes and they have been used for research on aging, reproductive biology, biological basis of social beh...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/research-monkey-escapes....

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