Oregon Zoo Monkeys Probably Died of Shock After Traveling 50 Hours in a Van

Keepers question whether living in plastic coolers contributed to tamarins' deaths.

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The six cotton-top tamarins found dead at the Oregon Zoo last month probably died of stress-related shock after traveling for at least 50 hours in a van from the East Coast, zoo records say.Zoo officials then put the endangered monkeys in plastic picnic coolers with air holes cut in them at the zoo's veterinary facility—a practice questioned by primate keepers after six of the nine monkeys died May ...   More
 
Friday, June 13, 2014 AARON MESH

Harvard Medical School Says It's Not to Blame for Monkey Deaths At Oregon Zoo

Primate keeper suggests tamarins might have died from "off-gassing" in plastic coolers.

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Harvard Medical School released a statement this afternoon, saying the endangered monkeys it shipped in a van to the Oregon Zoo "arrived safely and in good condition."Six of the nine cotton-top tamarins died in the zoo's quarantine on May 24. Documents first reported today by WW show the monkeys died after traveling more than 50 hours in a van, and spent their final days in plastic picnic coolers zoo ...   More
 
Friday, June 13, 2014 AARON MESH

Six Monkeys Die At Embattled Oregon Zoo

Spokesman cites "unknown causes"

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More bad news for the Oregon Zoo, which recently fired its director and chief veterinarian after "sloppy" medical treatment led to the death of Kutai, a 230-pound orangutan.  Six newly-acquired monkeys were found dead in quarantine at the zoo's $8.8 million veterinary medical facility on May 25, three days after arriving at the zoo on loan from Harvard University. Jim Middaugh, a spokesman for ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 AARON MESH

Feds Fine OHSU for Monkey Deaths

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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined Oregon Health and Sciences University $11,679 for the deaths of five monkeys used in animal experiments at the school's Oregon National Primate Research Center in 2009.The USDA penalty also cites the Primate Center for the escape of nine macaques in 2009 after an employee failed to lock a door on their cage. All nine monkeys were safely captured within ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 AARON MESH

MONKEY BUSINESS: Reporting on OHSU's Primate Lab


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Reporters get used to dealing with difficult sources. Professional spokesmen paid to provide information to the public usually aren't among them. But we hit some turbulence today trying to report on Oregon Health & Science University's National Primate Research Center. The center, home to about 4,200 nonhuman primates, has been the subject of past coverage in this newspaper, including ...   More
 
Thursday, August 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Live Review: Exquisite Corpse


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I doubt any of the audience members at Exquisite Corpse this past weekend had any clue what we were walking into as they made their way into the transformed Reed College gym. We were presented with a choice of seating in the round, but to make it to our seats, we first needed to negotiate our way through the performance space, littered with odd objects—a red dress here, a portrait of a monkey ...   More
 
Monday, October 26, 2009 Kate Williams

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