Monkey runs amok at airport after escape from cage

— Ryan Wolf (@ryanwolf) May 21, 2018

A research monkey headed for an animal sanctuary made an early break for freedom Monday when his flight landed at the San Antonio International Airport and he slipped out of his cage.

The rhesus macaque named Dawkins was being taken from Boston’s Logan Airport to the Born Free USA primate sanctuary about an hour and a half south of San Antonio when he escaped inside an airport baggage-handling area after touching down in Texas.

“After the arrival of American Airlines 1014, a monkey that was en route to a local animal sanctuary and refuge in the San Antonio-area inadvertently became free of his cage,” American spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

Dawkins was captured and is currently en route to his new home, according to Feinstein

“This has sort of delayed things, certainly, but he should be at the sanctuary later today,” Born Free CEO Prashant Khetan said.

Khetan wouldn’t say who was responsible for the monkey’s escape.

“As you can imagine, there are legal consequences to this,” he said.

Local media reported the animal originated from Brown University. The school did not respond to a request for comment.

American said it will investigate the incident.

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