‘Dangerous’ Research Monkey Makes A Run For Freedom

Friday, November 9th 2007, 1:13 pm
By: News On 6

AUSTIN (AP) -- A 17-year-old research chimp escaped from the M.D. Anderson research facility in Bastrop, Texas but was quickly captured.

M.D. Anderson officials say the chimp named Jake is dangerous because he is not domesticated. A team of veterinarians and caregivers sedated Jake and returned him safely to his enclosed area.

There's no immediate word on how Jake escaped from his enclosure at the Michale Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research.

A spokeswoman for the center said Jake never left the 381-acre property and no one was injured. There was no word on how the research animal escaped. The research facility considered the situation a high-level alert and put the center on lockdown.

Adult male chimps can weigh about 160 pounds