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Monkey recaptured after escaping UL Lafayette research center due to 'cage failure'

5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 September 17, 2018 6:29 AM September 17, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
Photo: KATC

LAFAYETTE - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has recaptured a research monkey that escaped over the weekend.

Staff at the university's New Iberia Research Center became aware of the incident Saturday, according to a post on social media. The university says the animal escaped due to a "cage failure."

The young 12-pound Rhesus macaque is part of a breeding group. It was sighted Sunday morning near the New Iberia SugArena before fleeing to a nearby wooded area.

According to the university, the animal was born at the center.

Before 1 p.m. Monday, the university announced that the monkey had been recaptured. The animal was reportedly in good health following a veterinary exam.

The research center will keep him under observation for a few days before returning him to his social group. 

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