Pig-Tailed Macaque, #J90299

11 Jan

In Memory of : Male, Pig-Tailed Macaque, #J90299

Born: September 18, 1990
Killed: September 8, 1999

J90299 was born on September 18, 1990 at Medical Lake, Washington, once a human prison. Medical Lake was remodeled and used as a primate-breeding center for a number of years. It is now abandoned. One can only imagine the horror that those walls have seen.

At birth, J90299 weighed little more than a pound. His mother rejected him when he was only two days old. He was treated for bites and abrasions to his face. He was sent to the Washington  Primate Research Center in Seattle.

For eight months, he was held alone in a cage. In the wild, macaques live in dynamic social groups and interact with a complex and rich environment. This solitary confinement was a lonely and stressful time.

On J90299’s first birthday he was placed in a “group (cage or room),” where he remained for four years.

He was removed from the group and treated for a traumatic injury to his second finger. He was discharged and returned to the group on January 4, 1996. But he didn’t remain there for long.

On February 2, 1996 he was again removed from his group and placed in a cage by himself. Then on the 15th was put on a truck for shipment to another lab.

But J90299 wasn’t sent anywhere, and instead, on the 15th he was taken off the truck and placed in a single animal cage, sick with diarrhea. He spent the last 3 ½ years of his life caged all alone. During this time he suffered acute inflammation of the mucous membranes of his eye, mouth, and nose. He endured an apicoectomey, the removal of an infection from the tip of the tooth root (similar to a root canal), and then on September 8, 1999, J90299 was killed. He was 8.97 years old. His death was described as “Euthanasia, experimental.” He weighed only seven pounds.

During his short, lonely life, J90299:

– was rejected by his mother;
– was moved 44 times;
– had blood drawn 15 times;
– spent over four years alone in a cage;
– was killed.

The people who “used” him were:

– Edward Clark
– Laura Newell
– Jeffery Wine
– Lakshmi Gaur

The above report was originally published by the Primate Freedom Project, from the medical records obtained  from Amy MacCausland. We thank her for her persistence and concern.

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