Pennsylvania State Police searched the area near Danville in the central part of the state on Friday and Saturday in search of three prominent subjects. Authorities were clear: the public should not try to seek or approach fugitive entities. This was not a case of dangerous criminals at large, but a trio monkeys.
The search began on Friday after a truck with a trailer was transporting 100 cynomolgus macaque monkeys from Mauritius on the way in a research lab was involved in a 2019 collision with a Dodge Ram pickup. The Pennsylvania State Police he said that after the first impact, the truck broke away from the trailer it was pulling, which contained monkeys. Three monkeys were released from the trailer as a result of the accident, police said.
It is assumed that the driver of the trailer suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The Dodge Rama driver was not injured.
Authorities did not take the search lightly. They were assisted by, among others, the Liberty Valley Fire Department, the Pennsylvania Games Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. As he said Guard, soldiers searched for monkeys with rifles in their hands and asked for help from a helicopter. Firefighters, meanwhile, used thermal imaging technology to locate the monkeys.
By Saturday morning, two monkeys had been found. While the authorities searched for the remaining ones monkey, urged the public not to approach him.
“There’s still one monkey missing, but we’re asking no one to try to search for or catch the animal,” state soldiers Andrea Pelachick and Lauren Lesher said at their shared Twitter account. “They pray to anyone who sees or locates a monkey not to approach him, try to catch him or come in contact with him. Call 911 now. ”
According to Associated Press, the authorities told people not to approach the monkeys because they are not domesticated animals and are in unknown territory. Consequently, it was difficult to predict how they would react in the presence of humans.
Police released photos of the monkeys who escaped. It is unclear whether the photos are of the remaining elusive third monkey or one of the other two monkeys already in custody.
Later in the day, Pelachick and Lesher reported that all monkeys were took out, although some of them had an unfortunate end. AP reported that three monkeys were dead after being humanely euthanized. It was not clear whether the killed monkeys were the ones who escaped.