What is the Truth about the Escaped Cynomolgus Monkeys in Pennsylvania
The Crash leading to the cynomolgus monkeys Escape
The Crash which led to the escape of the Cynomolgus Monkeys.
On Friday January 21st a truck carrying around 100 monkeys collided with a dump truck in Pennsylvania, leading to four of the cynomolgus monkeys escaping. One was caught almost immediately but three of the monkeys couldn’t be located.
The cynomolgus monkeys, which are often used in scientific research were highly sought after in the search for a coronavirus vaccine.
These cynomolgus monkeys, which can cost up to $10,000 each, had been on their way to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) lab in Florida when the crash occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on Route 54 near Interstate 80 in Montour County, about 150 miles northwest of Philadelphia, the State Police said.
The Recovery Effort of the Research Monkeys.
This led to a large and intense recovery effort by state troopers and state wildlife officials even calling the aid of helicopters with thermal imaging technology to locate the escaped primates.
As stated in this article they needed to recover the monkeys quickly as the weather was frigid. Temperatures were expected to drop to below -20C.
The State Troopers warned the public on Twitter.
“Anyone who sees or locates the monkey is asked not to approach, attempt to catch, or come in contact with the monkey. Please call 911 immediately.”
A Witness comes forth
A crash witness, Michelle Fallon, told the Press Enterprise newspaper of Bloomsburg that she spoke with the pickup driver and a passenger after the crash. The driver appeared to be disoriented, and the passenger thought he might have injured his legs, she said.
“I walk up back on the hill and this guy tells me, ‘Oh, he’s hauling cats. I said, ‘oh.’ So I go over to look in the crate and there’s this green cloth over it. So I peel it back, I stick my finger in there and go ‘kitty, kitty.’ It pops its head up and it’s a monkey,” Fallon said.
Fallon was contacted by the CDC and was told to monitor herself for any cold-like symptoms. The letter from the CDC also read
“the surviving monkeys will be quarantined and will be monitored for infectious diseases for at least 31 days before their release.”
The aftermath of the Monkeys Escaping.
According to an email from the CDC late Saturday afternoon all of the monkeys were accounted for and three of the monkeys had been humanly euthanized. Presumably the three escaped monkeys were euthanized. Why?
Questions about the Escaped Cynomolgus Monkeys
First of all, why were the three escaped monkeys euthanized? What could possibly be the reason the kill them but not the 97 other monkeys?
Is it because the couldn’t know what other animals they came in contact with, which means they could no longer be part of a controlled study?
Why was it reported the monkeys needed to be located quickly due to lowering temperatures if they were going to kill them anyway? This is the part that confuses me the most.
They act as if they are concerned for the safety of the cynomolgus monkeys only to kill them once they’re found. This makes no sense to me at all.
Why was the witness Michelle Fallon told by the CDC to monitor herself for cold like symptoms? What type of study were the monkeys involved in?
Someone needs to share truthful information with the people of Pennsylvania. The CDC allowed three monkeys to escape for a substantial amount of time and no one knows what type of research these monkeys were part of.
These research monkeys could have passed along an infectious disease to the wildlife in the area. The citizens of Pennsylvania deserve answers and someone from the CDC needs to provide them quickly.
Of course they never will, the government will never tell the whole truth about this. I’m sure a story will be provided but it’ll be full of half truths. Just enough to comfort the public. Same as it always is.