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Several monkeys escaped after Friday’s collision, Pennsylvania State Police said. But only one remained missing Saturday morning, prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other agencies to launch a search in the freezing weather.
Kristen Nordlund, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email Saturday evening that the 100 cynomolgus macaques have since been found. Three died after being euthanized.
The email did not specify why the three were euthanized or how they were all found. But Nordlund said those euthanized were done humanely in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines.
The shipment of monkeys was on its way to a CDC-approved quarantine facility after arriving Friday morning at New York’s Kennedy Airport from Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, police said. The Atlanta-based CDC said the agency was providing “technical assistance” to the Pennsylvania State Police.
The collision happened Friday on a state highway near an Interstate 80 exit in Montour County, Pennsylvania, Trooper Andrea Pelachick told Sunbury’s The Daily Item newspaper.
The location of the quarantine facility and what type of research the monkeys were apparently intended for were unclear, but cynomolgus monkeys are often used in medical studies. A 2015 article published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website called them the most widely used primate in preclinical toxicology studies.
Police earlier urged people not to search for or capture a monkey, with soldiers tweeting: “Anyone who sees or locates the monkey is asked not to approach, attempt to grab or come into contact with the monkey. Please call 911 immediately.”
Private Lauren Lesher said the concern was “due to the fact that this is not a pet and is in unfamiliar territory. It’s hard to say how they would react to a human who would approach them”.
Lesher said state police secured the scene for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC.
The condition of the motorists involved in the accident was unclear, and it was not immediately known if any citations had been issued.
A witness to the crash, Michelle Fallon, told the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise newspaper that she spoke with the driver of the van and a passenger after the crash. The driver appeared disoriented and the passenger thought he might have injured his legs, she said.
Crates littered the road on Friday as soldiers searched for monkeys, guns drawn. Valley Township firefighters used thermal imaging to try to locate the animals, and a helicopter also helped, Bloomsburg’s Press Enterprise newspaper reported.
The pickup was heading west on I-80 when it got off at the Danville exit, then immediately attempted to climb back up, crossing the other lane, the newspaper reported.
Fallon told Press Enterprise that she was behind the van when she was hit on the passenger side by the dump truck, ripping the front panel off the trailer and knocking over a dozen crates.
She and another motorist who pulled over to help were standing near the scene when the other driver said he thought he saw a cat crossing the road, Fallon said.
Fallon peeked into a crate and saw a small monkey staring at her, she told the newspaper.
“Those are monkeys,” she told the other motorist.
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