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Update: NC Animal Control Officials Recapture Macaque

Animal control officers have captured a macaque more than a week after it escaped from the Wake Forest Primate Center.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the macaque was captured Tuesday afternoon in Davidson County near the Forsyth County line. It escaped from the primate center on June 29.

Lexington Animal Control shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart.

The university uses monkeys for medical testing of some of the major causes of death in the U.S. The 16-year-old macaque has spent her life breeding at the center.


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Searchers trying to find an 8-pound monkey that escaped more than a week ago from the Wake Forest University Primate Center are now playing sounds of a baby monkey to try to recapture the wayward animal.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center spokesman Chad Campbell told the Winston-Salem Journal that someone reported seeing the monkey in southwestern Forsyth County on Friday, but crews didn't see the animal when they arrived.

Campbell says searchers have set up humane traps are playing baby monkey calls to lure the animal. Officials hope the monkey will respond to the calls because she is a breeding animal used in research.

The 16-year-old macaque monkey is originally from Indonesia and has been in captivity since 2008. She escaped the center on June 29.


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An 8-pound monkey escaped from a North Carolina university research facility is avoiding traps and tranquilizer guns as it traipses through treetops to live on the lam.

The 16-year-old monkey escaped from the Wake Forest University Primate Center on Friday, but the female about the size of a domestic cat remained on the loose Wednesday in the Forsyth County town of Clemmons.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center says the macaque monkey is originally from Indonesia and has been in captivity since 2008. She is part of a breeding colony that supplies monkeys for research projects.

Justin Goodman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the animal-rights group is cheering for the monkey's independence on the Fourth of July.


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