A rhesus monkey has been missing from its compound at an Atlanta primate research center for more than a week, the center said.
Emory University's Yerkes National Center on Primate Research said in a news release that its staff members have searched areas of the compound that might be familiar to the monkey, as well as other areas nearby. The monkey has been missing since June 15.
"Yerkes personnel are continuing to search for the monkey," the announcement said.
Though rhesus monkeys often carry the herpes B virus, the Yerkes statement said this particular monkey was bred at the center for behavioral study.
"The animal was not part of a scientific study in which it would have been infected with any disease," the announcement said.
The release said Yerkes staff are working with Emory’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the National Center for Research Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Gwinnett County Police. The Yerkes Center asks that anyone in the area who sees a monkey call 404-727-7732.
"If you see a monkey, please do not approach it," the release said.