Officials captured 47 monkeys today that escaped from the Tulane Primate Center in Covington, but six remain on the loose.
The monkeys escaped last night. Officials said the monkeys got loose because a cage was not locked properly. The monkeys had observed how the cage was opened and closed and apparently used that knowledge to their advantage.
Mike Aertker, spokesman for the Primate Center, said the monkeys were being used solely for breeding purposes, and had not been subjected to experiments of any kind.
Aertker said the monkeys are not aggressive and pose no threat to people.