4 Lab Monkeys Escape After Over 100 Truck Crashes In US

Three monkeys were later captured, but one was still uncovered. (Representative)

Washington:

After a truck crash in Pennsylvania carried 100 monkeys to a laboratory that helped four of them escape, police launched a search that warned the public not to approach the animals.

The vehicle collided with a dump truck Friday afternoon near Danville, Pennsylvania, on its way to a laboratory in Florida.

Police said on Twitter that the four paisa had “run away from the accident site to the surrounding area.”

Three were later apprehended, but one was also uncovered on Saturday morning.

The local WNEP news site said a police helicopter with thermal cameras was used to track down the cynomolgus monkeys, while officers on the ground used powerful flashlights.

Pennsylvania State Police released an image of a primate sitting in a tree off Route 54 during a cold winter’s night.

A reporter said the police surrounded the monkey before opening fire with an unknown weapon.

“Crash update: Still not found a monkey, but we are asking that no one sees or attempts to capture the animal,” police personnel said on Twitter on Saturday morning.

According to the New York Times, cynomolgus monkeys – also known as long-tailed macaques – can each cost up to $10,000 and there is a demand for coronavirus vaccine research. They can live up to 30 years in captivity.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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