ATLANTA (WAOK)-People living in Lawrenceville, Georgia are keeping their eyes open for a 2 year old female rhesus monkey missing for about two weeks. The monkey had been part of a research project at Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station. Researchers are looking over the 117 acres of land that make up the primate research center, hoping to find the animal there.
The monkey is described as a small animal that was not used for research to infect it with any disease. Researchers at Yerkes said the animal is one of many specially bred rhesus macaques that do not have the herpes B virus, which is a disease common to the species.
There are concerns that the small monkey may not be able to survive long in the wild on its own since it has only been fed a regular diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Callers to WAOK expressed different concerns. Many listeners said they felt researchers may be looking for this monkey because it could be infectious. If you come in contact with the monkey or think you have seen it, authorities ask that you do not approach the animal.
Individuals are being asked to call the field station at 404-727-7732 or Gwinnett Animal Control at 770-339-3200.