Rhesus monkey missing from Atlanta university compound, primate center says
A rhesus monkey similar to this one is missing from an Atlanta research center, Emory University says.
June 23rd, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Rhesus monkey missing from Atlanta university compound, primate center says

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.


Filed under: Animals • Georgia • Monkeys • Science • U.S.
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  1. Ano

    Actually that information is incorrect, rhesus macaques are not carriers of SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus).

    June 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Baby. you ain't bonafide!

      June 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      You monkey-worshipper...

      June 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      Just did not want to perpetuate mis-information 🙂

      June 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Anon you are perpetuating misinfo rhesus m. are carriers...because of that they are used as experimental models to study both viruses: SIV and HIV.

      June 24, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      They are not NATURAL carriers of either virus and are not "immune" to the effects because it is not normal "flora." If a rhesus monkey is infected with either virus it will get sick.

      June 24, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. zigzag

    Didn't think the rhesus monkey carried the virus. Thanks Ano.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      Sure, no rhesus monkeys are natural carriers of that virus. There are other species of monkeys that do, however.

      June 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    The aids virus is part of the monkey's "normal flora"? Give me some abby-normal flora then. he he Or is it the other way around. It's one of those things that if you don't get it right, you could die...from a simple staph infection even. Tough way to go. No thanks, but I've barely begun to master being tolerant of even my own infidelities, and am thankful that most of them happened pre-1980s. I feel for young people whom have gone their entire lives knowing this devastating epidemic. And the dangers today's young people face. Now it's like what used to give you warts can kill you.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    lmao...you ain't bonafide. What?OK. Who? Are you referring to monkey specieses's* that aren't authorized, official carriers of that which IS authorized and officially recognized as "Normal Flora" as not bonafide? We had two girls named Flora in middle school. They rode different busses, as we do on this issue.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      LoL, okay Phil, let us add to the cross examinations here. Who are the "we" that had the two girls? Or is that just a MADE UP ANALOGY? He ain't bonafide...a fact that Anon chose not to dispute...Phil.

      June 24, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      I mean animals who have a natural immunity to a disease. To be a carrier means you host the virus but are not susceptible to it's harmful symptoms.

      June 24, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      Also fyi this is not an opinion issue, this is fact 🙂 I'm happy to supply references if you would like! lol

      June 24, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy, for morning:
    Why did you think I'd forget the handcuffs hanging in your car?
    U thin I stoopid uh sumthin?
    I just came home exhausted from playing my last concert this season. Now tired, stressed.
    Sleep.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I agree Ano. But with this being the case, one would think that the AIDS epidemic would be decimating monkey populations since the popular and politically corect viewpoint is that AIDS began in Africa, not San Francisco.

    June 24, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      That is an excellent point. I am curious to look into this... I will let you know if I discover anything interesting!

      June 24, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ano

      An explanation could be that rhesus monkeys are from Asia, not Africa 🙂

      June 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Amber

    Interesting. The rhesus monkey's seem intent on not wanting to be held in captivity. Tampa Bay has an elusive rhesus macaque who mysteriously showed up in St. Petersburg last year and is living out his days in the Gulf Coast city, dodging captivity. There's been a recent sighting by people who live in the neighborhood and TampaBay.com has a video. You can read that story here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/bizarre/article1176359.ece

    June 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. McPurp

    I bet Pakistan knows where the monkey is.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Teach monkeys how to use condoms I guess.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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