Primate Rescue Center

Bath Co. Monkey Settling In To New Home At Primate Rescue Center

Erika Fleury September 16, 2015

One week after a monkey on the loose was captured in Bath County, his rescuers say he is on the road to recovery.

The 10-year-old former laboratory monkey now lives at the Primate Rescue Center in Jessamine County.

Once a monkey believed to be held in captivity for research, the infamous little rhesus macaque has finally found a safe haven when he can enjoy his treats in peace.

"He's certainly enjoying the food!" says Eileen Dunnington, the Primate Center's manager reports.

After his days as a fugitive in the trees of Bath County, he was captured and brought to the center after an overnight standoff with Fish and Wildlife Officers as well as KSP.

His caretakers say it is hard to determine how long he spent on his own, but they do know he's severely underweight and potentially very sick. "There's a high possibility that he has Herpes B, so we're currently investigating that...which is a chronic health condition that macaques carry naturally in their body and then shed when they're stressed," Dunnington told LEX 18's Kelsey Borza.

For now, the mystery monkey is being held in quarantine until his test results come back. But they hope soon he'll be healthy enough to make friends in his new home.

The sanctuary houses other rhesus macaques, so management is hoping they will be able to move him in with the others after he is out of quarantine.

If you would like to donate to the Primate Rescue Center, you can do so by clicking here.

- LEX18

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