Monkey Dump

Truck with 100 monkeys crashes in PA, some of them missing:

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- A truck carrying about 100 monkeys was involved in a crash Friday in Pennsylvania, state police said as authorities searched for at least three of the monkeys that appeared to have escaped the vehicle.

The truck carrying the animals crashed with a dump truck in the afternoon in Montour County. The truck had been on its way to a lab.

I have heard this story before, and the first time it was called Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

But more importantly: are the fungible? ARE THEY FUNGIBLE??

CDC: All my apes are gone:

The shipment of monkeys was en route to a CDC-approved quarantine facility after arriving Friday morning at New York's Kennedy Airport from Mauritius, the agency said.

The location of the lab and the type of research for which the monkeys were destined weren't clear, but cynomolgus monkeys are often used in medical studies. A 2015 paper posted on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information referred to them as the most widely used primate in preclinical toxicology studies.

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7 Responses:

  1. cmt says:

    Escaped lab monkeys. Uhoh.

  2. Dude says:

    I've always said that Danville's absurdly wide streets were large enough for a circus to march through. I feel somewhat vindicated.

  3. Eric TF Bat says:

    Deja vu. I was just watching Peacemaker, aka What Happens When DC Notices That Deadpool Was A Hit, and there seems to be a background plot about some kind of primates escaping from a zoo. Art imitates life?

  4. Not Frank says:

    Looks like all monkeys are now accounted for, and only one was still missing as of Saturday morning:

    Given local temperatures were below freezing the whole time, and went sub-zero Fahrenheit Saturday morning, it seems likely that final monkey was not recovered alive.

  5. andyjpb says:

    It sounds like the monkeys might have been shaken up a little.

    Did they produce butter?

  6. kc says:

    It's also unclear whether the dump truck or the monkey truck were on the way to the lab. Sentence structure and all that.

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