It’s more bad news for the Harvard-run New England Primate Center located off Parmenter Road. The Metrowest Daily News reported last week that the latest monkey death at the facility – there have been four in the past 19 months – was the result of a direct violation of the Animal Welfare Act.
According to a report filed by federal inspector Paula Gladue, the animal — which Harvard had identified as a cotton-top tamarin monkey — was euthanized after being diagnosed with dehydration.
“It was determined that the dehydration was the result of employee error in not providing a water bottle to one of the enclosures in a quad unit on Feb. 25 after the water bottles were removed and then refilled,” Gladue wrote. “As a result, the (monkey) did not have a water bottle.”
It was the second consecutive death due to dehydration at the research facility. The last one was in December. Harvard has halted all new research at the center in the wake of the deaths.
You can read more in this article by the MWDN.