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Animal Control search for escaped research monkey

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CLEMMONS, N.C. -- Forsyth County Animal Control are on the look out for a monkey that escaped from an area research center on Friday.

JT Moser, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's interim security director said the 16-year-old crab-eating macaque escaped from the Wake Forest Primate Center on Friday.

"It was during the cleaning process. It was kind of a freak accident. It got through the first perimeter and hit a latch," Moser said.

Moser said the containment issue has been fixed. The primate center expected the monkey would stay on the 200 acre campus because that's what it is used to and where its offspring are. Members of the public began calling in monkey sightings Monday.

"We had a public sighting. We got a call from animal control yesterday and what you see behind me is our response to that," Moser said.

As of Tuesday at 6 pm, animal control was still searching for the monkey and had set dozens of big metal traps baited with fruit to attract her.

Dr Richard Young says the monkey grey with a long tail.

"She weighs about 4kg which is about the size of a house cat. She's very shy she's not going to be aggressive," Young said. He added that the female is a breeding monkey and has not been used for experiments.

Young said the monkey had no viruses that he knew of and should not cause any kind of outbreak whatsoever.

If you see the monkey, Forsyth County Animal Control asks that you call them immediately. Do not approach the monkey. Do not try to touch it.

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