VALLEY TOWNSHIP, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A lone monkey is missing after a transport truck carrying 100 of the primates was involved in a two-vehicle accident. Eyewitness News first told you about the crash online and on air Friday night.
State troopers say three out of four monkeys have been found and despite some people we spoke to last night who tried to help with the search. The soldiers urge the public not to try to find the primate.
State Police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission spent Friday night searching for four monkeys in the wooded area along Route 54 of Highway 80.
A few hours later, the animals escaped from their transport truck which collided with a dump truck.
Soldiers tell us the transport truck was carrying 100 African monkeys to take them to a lab in Missouri. Eyewitness News confirmed that three of the four monkeys were found and put to death.
Michele Fallon spoke to us at the scene late Friday night. She told us she was driving behind the truck just before the accident and she thought it was cat crates that had rolled over.
“They had this like a green cloth on it so I peel it off and I’m going to put my finger in there and try to stroke it and it pops its head out, and I’m like, oh, it’s a monkey! So I was like, I’m shocked, I walk over to the guy and I’m like, those aren’t cats, they’re monkeys. There he goes, what are they? I’m like, they’re monkeys! Fallon explained.
Although the search was suspended on Saturday, interest in the missing monkey continues.
“Last night I was scrolling through my phone and saw people posting about it and I thought it was pretty weird and then my mum came into my room and asked me about it , asked me to help fetch the monkeys,” TJ said. Steckley.
Steckley works at a fast food joint near the accident. He says this area is mostly quiet and he still can’t believe what happened.
“Everyone pretty much talks about it, it’s the talk of the town now,” Steckley said.
We checked in with Fallon Saturday morning, she told us the CDC contacted her and told her to watch for any cold symptoms for the next 31 days.
According to a letter they sent him, the surviving monkeys will be quarantined and monitored for infectious diseases before their release.
Fallon told me this morning that she fortunately had no symptoms. But if she does, she’s been told she needs to let the health department know.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a statement on Saturday encouraging the scientific community not to transport monkeys from other countries to the United States and to stop experimenting on them in laboratories. The statement said, in part:
Importing monkeys and tormenting them in laboratories is likely to cause more human disease than experiments on them will ever prevent.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
We have yet to receive any updates on the whereabouts of the last monkey.