Around 8:15 a.m., an animal caretaker was cleaning out the baboon cages when two of the baboons escaped from the holding area. The worker then rushed to a safety containment area designed for such an incident, but before he could lock the door, one of the baboons pushed it open.
Both of the baboons then charged the worker who fell to the ground, where he was bit and scratched. A second worker came to help and then, eventually, more workers arrived.
The baboons were eventually returned to their cages.
The caretaker was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The second worker suffered minor bruises and scratches.
Monday, May 10, 2010
They are mean, nasty monkeys. Best to keep your distance. Especially if you work at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.