Wake Forest Baptist monkey poses for the camera

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CLEMMONS, N.C. — Animal Control and Wake Forest University officers continue to search for a macaque monkey that escaped from the WFU primate center on June 29th near the Forsyth and Davidson County line.

Officials with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said the monkey was last seen on Frye Bridge Road near Clemmons on Sunday.

Officials said that, based on eyewitness reports, the monkey is healthy and active.

"She is definitely posing for us," said Crystal Hughes who captured video and pictures of the female monkey.

"She just kept looking, every time we would move or she would hear branches she would look right down and was very aware a lot of people were down their," said Hughes.

Officials with Wake Forest University and Forsyth County Animal Control said the monkey is 8 pounds and about the size of a cat, but Hughes says it looks a lot larger.

"It would have to be at least 25 pounds I would imagine. It looked like a small dog up in the tree," said Hughes.

The 16-year-old monkey has spent her life breeding at the center.

The university uses monkeys for medical testing of some of the major causes of death in our country.

“Anyone who sees the animal should not attempt to capture, feed, pet or interact with it,” a spokesperson with WFBMC said in a prepared statement. “Like any animal in the wild, it could try to bite or scratch or carry a virus that is contagious to people.”

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