San Antonio baboons escape biomedical facility

Three of the animals were recaptured within 30 minutes of escaping and the fourth returned to its enclosure by itself

Four brainy baboons made a desperate bid for freedom from a Texas medical research center, using a 55-gallon barrel to bust out of the joint.

A set of baboons that escaped a Texas study facility increased it churns up a barrel nearby a wall socket and subsequently fled their own retractable enclosure, authorities said Monday.

Once they got out the alarm was raised nearly immediately - turns out that your average Texan isn't used to seeing monkeys running down the road.

Eyewitness Janelle Bouton was on her way to the local supermarket when she saw the incident unfold. "Our animal capture team and the entire animal care team acted diligently and followed protocol to locate, secure and account for the baboons".

The animal capture team members sent to retrieve the escaped baboons were wearing masks and protective equipment.

"You could tell that [the workers] were panicking because they didn't want him [the animal] to get hurt because they were trying their best to quarantine him ... but he wasn't having it."

Four baboons managed to pull off a cunning plan to escape from a Texas biomedical research facility.

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The 4 critters escaped from the Southwest National Primate Research Center at approximately 3:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Information 4 San-antonio. Scientists conduct research on the animals to help develop new vaccines and medicines.

"The baboons are housed in an open air enclosure that is surrounded by perimeter walls that fold inward to preclude the animals from jumping out".

"Our team was ensuring the baboon was not hurt by traffic on Military Drive", he said.

Researchers said in a statement that the baboons were given the barrels as an "enrichment tool" that would help them mimic foraging as they would in the wild.

"This was truly a unique incident", Lisa Cruz, assistant vice-president for communications, said.

Cruz added: "We have almost 1,100 baboons on the property that date back eight generations".

Baboons at the research institute have aided in the development of numerous drugs, therapies and vaccines for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis, KSAT said.

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