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Missing lab monkeys found after truck crash in Pennsylvania

Story at a glance

  • Authorities have finally accounted for all the cynomolgus macaque monkeys that went missing after a truck transporting them to a lab crashed on Friday.
  • Most of the missing monkeys were found the day of the crash, but one remained missing well into Saturday.
  • It is unclear to which lab the monkeys were being taken, but the species is often used in medical research.

Authorities have accounted for all the missing animals that escaped Friday after a pickup truck transporting monkeys often used for scientific research crashed in Pennsylvania.  

The pickup truck with an enclosed trailer carrying 100 cynomolgus monkeys was traveling to a laboratory in Florida when it collided into the dump truck on Route 54 near 1-80 in Montour County Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania state police.  

Three monkeys became loose as a result of the crash, and one of the drivers sustained minor injuries, state law enforcement reported.  


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State troopers were able to capture most of the escaped monkeys on Friday, but one of the animals remained missing well into Saturday, forcing Pennsylvania Game Commission and state troopers to search for the monkey amid bitterly cold temperatures.  

“There is still one monkey unaccounted for, but we are asking that no one attempt to look for or capture the animal,” Pennsylvania state troopers tweeted early Saturday morning. “Anyone who sees or locates the monkey is asked not approach, attempt to catch, or come in contact with the monkey. Please call 911 immediately.”  

The last of the escaped monkeys was found late Saturday, Pennsylvania state troopers said. 

The exact location of the lab or the type of research the cynomolgus macaque monkeys were going to be used for is unclear, The Associated Press reported, but the species is frequently used in medical studies.  


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