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