A male baboon that escaped a vasectomy with his two “wives” at his side has now finally had the big snip.
The 15-year-old monkey and his two females on Tuesday evening escaped after the truck that was transporting them to a research facility in Camperdown, Sydney.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the male primate was set to have a vasectomy – a procedure that sterilizes men – while his two wives were there for moral support.
The three were spotted running around a car park on the grounds of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Mr Hazzard said the monkeys were doing well following their “big day out”.
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He then confirmed the vasectomy had been performed.
The health minister tweeted: “Baboon ‘Houdini’ update: vasectomy has been completed this morning as planned. Procedure went well.
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“He is now sleeping/ resting. His two female family members are relaxed and happy.”
The primates’ “big day out” sparked a huge reaction online, with numerous jokes being posted on popular Australian social media accounts.
Local police and wildlife handlers from Taronga Zoo were then dispatched to the scene to capture the primates.
New South Wales Police confirmed that the situation was brought under control and the baboons were contained shortly afterward.
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In 2016, a hospital spokesperson said the baboons were used to help medical researchers conduct tests that contributed significantly to the treatments of new disorders.
Animals are bred specifically for animal research at the National Health and Medical Research Council baboon colony in Wallacia, in Sydney’s west, according to news.com.au.
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