FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities are still searching for an 8-pound laboratory monkey that escaped from the Wake Forest Primate Center last Friday.
Officials said there were two reported sightings of the monkey on Wednesday and a potential sighting on Thursday, all in the Frye Bridge and River Gate areas.
Wake Forest Baptist veterinarians said they believe the 16-year-old monkey is still alive and in the same general area.
Forsyth County Animal Control Officer David Morris called it a game of chase.
“That’s about all you can do. You can’t figure out where he is going to go next. But, you can try to put traps where he’s been in case he hangs around there,” said Morris.
Animal control officers and veterinarians have set 8 humane traps baited with orange slices and other fruit in hopes of luring the female monkey out of the tree tops.
Officials said the traps will not hurt the monkey and people should not interfere with them.
They said the monkey is from a tropical area of the world and the current temperatures would not affect its health.
Officials said the monkey’s housing area had two barriers. The first one was open because of cleaning, but the monkey somehow managed to open the second barrier, a chain-link fence, according to officials.
Anyone with any information on the monkey can contact Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at (336) 716-3305, Forsyth County Animal Control at (336) 703-2490 or Davidson County Animal Control at (336) 249-0131.