Harvard investigated in Oregon Zoo monkey deaths

Oregon Zoo officials could not determine how the six monkeys died

Tamarin monkeys (KOIN 6 News, file)
Tamarin monkeys (KOIN 6 News, file)

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating the New England Primate Research Center run by Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts in response to the deaths of six monkeys at the Oregon Zoo last year, shortly after they arrived from the center.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that the department confirmed the investigation, but didn’t release details.

A Harvard Medical School spokeswoman says the deaths of the six tamarin monkeys in Oregon in May triggered the investigation. The medical school says the monkeys arrived at the zoo in good condition.

Oregon Zoo officials could not determine how the six monkeys died, but says they all showed signs of systemic shock.

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