A retired research baboon from Brown University escaped its enclosure while being transported to a cargo area at a Texas airport Monday, a spokesman from Brown told NBC 10 News.
The baboon, which was on an American Airlines flight from Chicago when it broke free from its crate, was running around an isolated baggage area where animals are checked after coming off a flight at San Antonio International Airport.
Officers eventually shot the baboon, whose name is Dawkins, with a tranquilizer dart.
“After the arrival of American Airlines 1014 from Chicago O’Hare, a monkey that was en route to a local animal sanctuary and refuge in the San Antonio-area inadvertently became free of his cage,” according to a statement from American Airlines. “He is currently in an isolated area where it is safe, away from all of our team members and customers. We are working closely with the San Antonio Aviation Department and officials from the San Antonio Zoo. Officials from the zoo are now onsite to ensure his safety and wellbeing as he continues his journey to his new home at the primate sanctuary.”
The spokesman from Brown said “the University’s animal care professionals actively seek homes for non-human primates who are retired from research protocols.”