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CLEMMONS, NC (AP) — An 8-pound monkey escaped from a North Carolina university research facility is avoiding traps and tranquilizer guns as it traipses through treetops to live on the lam.

The 16-year-old monkey escaped from the Wake Forest University Primate Center on Friday, but the female about the size of a domestic cat remained on the loose Wednesday in the Forsyth County town of Clemmons.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center says the macaque monkey is originally from Indonesia and has been in captivity since 2008. She is part of a breeding colony that supplies monkeys for research projects.

Justin Goodman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the animal-rights group is cheering for the monkey’s independence on the Fourth of July.

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