4 ba­boons briefly es­cape from cen­ter

The Maui News - - NATION/IN -

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Four ba­boons are back in an en­clo­sure af­ter es­cap­ing briefly from a San An­to­nio med­i­cal re­search cen­ter.

Of­fi­cials at the South­west Na­tional Pri­mate Re­search Cen­ter, which is part of the Texas Bio­med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute, say three of the ba­boons were cap­tured within about 30 min­utes Satur­day af­ter they man­aged to get out of their en­clo­sure and be­yond a perime­ter fence. A fourth an­i­mal also was ac­counted for later.

The cen­ter has about 2,900 non­hu­man pri­mates — 1,100 of them ba­boons — used in re­search on chronic and in­fec­tious dis­eases.

The in­sti­tute, in a state­ment, says the im­me­di­ate con­cern was for the safety of the an­i­mals, the cen­ter’s per­son­nel and res­i­dents in the sur­round­ing area. It’s not been dis­closed how the ba­boons got out.

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