Nine Snow Monkeys Escape from Oregon Animal Testing Lab

Nine monkeys escaped from an Oregon Health & Science University animal testing lab after a cage was left unlocked. Four were shortly re-captured and four others have been spotted on campus — but one has entirely eluded authorities.


“One of our cage cleaners accidentally left a lock off a cage,” said Jim Newman, a university spokesman. “The cage was closed; however, the animals were able to slide the door open and get out.”

The university has faced increasing scrutiny for their primate testing program from animal rights groups, but it’s clear that their escape was not aided by activists. They simply wanted out of their cages and took advantage of an unlocked cage.

Newman said that humans should avoid the five remaining snow monkeys, which weigh between 20 and 50 pounds each, but noted that these particular monkeys had not been tested on and pose little risk of spreading disease.

[via Fox 12 Oregon]

Photo Credit: peyri on Flickr under Creative Commons license.

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  • Elene

    You guys are murderers! Use a different method that doesn’t involve the snow monkeys or any other animal.

  • michelle

    u guys are mean for hurting the monkeys let them be free

  • cool person2

    go snow monkeys!!! YAY!!!

  • cool person

    save the snow monkeys!!!!!

  • L

    Lol. Save the snow monkeys! It’s been revealed that they will be injected with diseases.

  • Renee

    This is literally just around the corner from my house. I was routing for the monkeys, of course.

  • russ

    The photo is of a snow monkey?