Who let the baboons out? Primates escape facility, run rampant in Australia

A video grab shows two of the baboons making a run for it at RPA Hospital in Camperdown

The baboons have garnered sympathy across the political spectrum with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt saying, "My heart was with the baboons, [I] have to say".

The 15-year-old male baboon and his two younger female companions were eventually sedated by experts from Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

"Tonight several baboons have made an attempted flee to freedom in a desperate attempt to avoid further painful procedures forced upon their bodies against their will", Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst said on social media.

Shortly after their getaway, the troop of baboons were spotted around the area of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The three baboons that yesterday broke free from a truck in Sydney's inner west were from a research facility, where medical experiments are conducted on animals. Earlier this afternoon, a troop of baboons escaped from a facility and were going bananas in Camperdown.

"She texted me, 'Mum, they were psychotic",' she said.

"Police and wildlife handlers now have the situation under control, so please let them do their job and don't be tempted to pry, mates", NSW Police updated.

He added: "I'm deadset serious".

NSW Greens senator and animal rights spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi was half-joking when she "welcomed" the baboons' escape and wished them well, but other pollies have been more direct. "I'm deadset serious. They even had shiny red bottoms".

Another person called in to say her daughter and daughter's colleagues had also been chasing the animals, saying: "My daughter is an occupational therapist at RPA and she said, "yes mum, I've just helped wrangle them".

One witnesses said that he thought it was a dog until he gave the animals a closer look.

There is a animal research facility on RPA hospital grounds.

Mr Hazzard said the male baboon had been due to have the vasectomy so he could continue to live with his family group at a research colony in Western Sydney.

Footage shared on social media showed three baboons running in the auto park as people took a surprised double-take.

"They are now contained and police are working with experts to safely return them to their facility".

ABC reports the baboons were returned to the colony overnight.

She says, "it would be better to use more human relevant methods of research that are more likely to provide genuine medical progress".

It is not immediately clear if the baboon is having his surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital or a veterinary hospital in the area.



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