Researchers reveal how baboons made daring escape from Texas facility

Researchers reveal how baboons made daring escape from Texas facility

"This is heartbreaking. Four baboons worked together to roll a 55 gallon barrel and escape the research facility where they were subject to horrifying medical experiments", surgeon and healthcare columnist Eugene Gu wrote on Twitter.

As well as the 1,100 baboons, the centre has around 2,500 other animals in captivity.

Four baboons at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, rolled a 250-liter barrel to the edge of the pen they were being kept in, and hopped the fence, Metro reports. "I meanthat they are really key to those developments in biomedical analysis" Dr. John Bernal told News 4 Sanantonio.

The fourth baboon was initially unaccounted for-but after a head count was later discovered to have returned shortly thereafter back into the enclosure.

For those anxious about how exactly they captured the naughty baboons, John Bernal, DVM, attending veterinarian at SNPRC, explains.

The baboons were only recently provided with the 55 gallon barrels that staff introduced to their open air enclosure as an "enrichment tool" and in the hope that they would be "used to help mimic foraging behaviours".

"All of the escaped baboons were unharmed and are said to be doing well".

"This was a truly unique incident", said Lisa Cruz, a spokeswoman for the lab. "We have been fond for re-search baboons for at least 50 years". Baltimore CBS contributors WJZ say the animals escaped by using a barrel as a ladder. But after the escape, the barrel was removed from the enclosure.

The baboons as the Texas facility have all been born and bred at the location, the latest in a series of eight generations over the last half century. Baboons, as with all our animals, are critical to biomedical research. "Baboons, in particular, have played an important role in the discovery of life-saving drugs, therapies and vaccines and have led to greater understanding of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and so much more that impact the lives of millions of people".