The Research Facility also issued a press release assuring people "These animals were not infected, as they were not on an active study nor used in infectious disease research." Well good! That unprompted assurance that THE ESCAPED BABOONS WEREN'T INFECTED WITH ANY DEADLY DISEASES should put everyone at ease.
The scientists have since removed the barrel and replaced it with a far safer enrichment tool: a huge cake with a nail file in it.
A Cat Escapes From Her Carrier, Lives In (And Over) JFK Airport For Eight Days
In a turn of events straight out of pages 3-4 of a children's book, a four-year-old tabby cat named Pepper recently slipped out of her owner's carrying case at JFK Airport right as her owner was about to fly to China to start a new job. The heartbroken owner took the flight anyway, figuring Pepper would eventually turn up. And she did. Eight whole days later.
In the interim, the cat had managed to work her way into the terminal's "interior superstructure," which is "not accessible to humans." You know, all that crap hanging from the ceiling.
Pepper lived on her own for a full week, occasionally coming down to look for an outlet and to order $17.95 tuna wraps on touchscreens. Port Authority officials launched a full-on search for the cat, but failed in their attempts to lure it with food-filled "safe traps" and typing on their laptops while yelling "I'm getting lots of work done!"
Finally, they enlisted the help of Nuan Tang, a friend of Pepper's owner, who called to the cat by her native Mandarin name ("Dai Meng") and offered her food. Fortunately, the cat recognized Tang's voice and came down to say 'sup. For having to endure keeping herself alive in the terminal superstructure for eight full days, the airport offered Pepper an $8 voucher for a closed Panda Express.
Herpes-Carrying Monkeys Are Randomly Running Loose Around Central Florida
Back in the 1930s, an ambitious zoo park entrepreneur mailed himself some monkeys to add a "monkey island" highlight to his Florida jungle cruise attraction. Unfortunately, the monkeys weren't that enthusiastic about his business plan, so they swam off the island and escaped into the wild, where they thrived for years. Also, most of the monkeys carried herpes B and were prone to attacking humans. But the story gets better!
In 2015, a rhesus monkey was spotted running along the roof of an elementary school in Lady Lake, a town 20 miles away from Silver Springs, where the original 1930s monkey escape occurred. Residents in the nearby The Villages (a decadent retirement community, not a stakes-raising M. Night Shyamalan sequel) have also spotted macaques in their own backyards. Florida is home to some pretty insane stuff/people, but these shouldn't be among them.