May 30, 2003
This is in memory of Pricilla, ID #27276.
This is the story of Pricilla, a crab eating macaque, #27276
who was held prisoner at the University of California Davis. She
is no longer alive, but her spirit lives on and I have hope that
someday that all animals will no longer be used in any animal
testing ever again. I read through the lab reports that I received,
and I must say that most of the vivisectionist' (or mad doctors,
as I refer to them) have sloppy handwriting and I could only make
out so much. I will list her life events since she was captured
and forced to be a subject of a breeding project. She was brought
to UC Davis at the age of 5 years old and lived to be almost 13
1/2 years. She was a courageous primate who suffered without a
doubt at the California Regional Primate Research Center at UC
Some background information on crab-eating macaques: They are
found in the countries of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. This species
is found in a variety of forest habitats throughout its range,
it especially prefers edge habitats. Pricilla was most likely
removed from the wild, possibly from one of these countries, and
lived to be five years old before she was captured and imprisoned.
I only assume she was taken from the wild, since there is no records
of where she came from. No longer would she be able to hang in
the trees and search for crabs and other good eats, she would
have to live on monkey chow and biscuits, with occasional fruit.
The life span of crab eating macaques is approximately 30 years.
Unfortunately, when kept in captivity, especially under stressful
situations, like she was in, they only live to a fraction of that
The social life of these primates is groups of 6-100 with about
2-3 females per male in their group. Males leave their birth group
and try to find another troop where they try to replace the high-ranking
males there. These events are very aggressive and combatants are
usually injured. Females remain in their birth group and there
is a hierarchy among them, which passes on to their offspring.
Offspring of higher-ranking females have a better chance of survival,
through better access to food and less aggression being directed
at them. Troops are highly intolerant of each other. When two
troops meet there is a great deal of aggression, loud calls and
branch bouncing. In these encounters, the alpha male leads the
troops. I can't imagine what she must have felt when she was torn
away from her family group and forced to be in solitary confinement,
except when she was with an infant and had a roommate once, for
about 1 month.
Pricilla was forced to endure many pregnancies but only had 2
live births. One was a male, and the reports don't specify what
sex the other infant was. She went through several pregnancy terminations,
with dead fetuses. Without a doubt, this must have caused her
tremendous stress, especially all the procedures that were done
to her and having her infant removed from her cage on many occasions.
She must have felt separation anxiety and I can't imagine what
other emotions she experienced. She obviously was used in some
type of experimental breeding program, unless all female macaques
are forced to endure what she did. Even though I never knew her
or was able to see her face-to-face, she holds a special place
in my heart and I will never forget her. I keep her ID tag on
my keychain and look at it whenever I need assurance why I do
what I can to help animals, and also educate the public about
animal cruelty issues, so these other animals will meet her same
[signed] Kiyanna Eichert
I will put the events in date order so you can see how she progressed
until her death. Here is what I took from her lab records:
11-18-92 UC Davis acquired Pricilla; she weighed in at 2.15 (kg).
11-24-92 She had multiple tests done, including microbiology
and parasitology samples taken.
04-09-93 First noticed poor appetite; she is skittish, but otherwise
06-15-93 Moved cages, and given measles-rubella immunizations.
Had radiology thorax (thoracic vertebra) testing done.
07-18-93 Given Ketamine and had a reproductive evaluation
09-24-93 Hand held for injections, given various unknown drugs.
9-26-93 Given unknown drugs and had a nasogastric intubation
(stomach), given retinoic acid for 10 days.
10-06-93 She had a nasogastric intubation again, given retinoic
acid for 10 days.
10-08-93 Given drug Rogemic for 30 days
10-10-93 Pre-hysterectomy exam (surgery to remove uterus); Pregnancy
termination dead non vaginal experimental, given drug intramuscular
oxymorphone for 3 days. Also experimental intervention, mentioning
incision, uterus, excision and embryo.
10-11-93 Clinical treatment, given drug peptonized iron cyanocobalamin
for 30 days.
06-06-94 Dental work done.
08-09-94 Moved cages again.
09-09-94 More dental work.
10-14-94 Signs of poor appetite
01-26-95 More dental work.
01-27-95 Bled 3 mls. (Pricilla was bled multiple times throughout
95 and 96)
02-10-95 Seal @ injection site, no abscess, small amount of purulent
exudater (?) Clean daily.
05-05-95 Blood noticed under cage from nail bed of D3 left hand.
09-05-95 Pregnancy test results are negative
09-27-95 More dental work.
01-19-96 Pregnancy test results are positive!
01-24-96 Skip tube test since she is over 140 days pregnant.
01-30-96 Gave birth to a male, #945-0854. Given drug potassium
gluconate and electrolytes.
02-02-96 Poor appetite noticed, infant is strong on nursing.
02-03-96 Infant looks strong.
05-22-96 More dental work.
09-25-96 Moved cages again.
01-08-97 Pregnancy test results negative.
01-23-97 More dental work.
03-13-97 Heavy menses confirmed; monitor, menses is a warning
sign of endometriosis.
04-07-97 Pregnancy test results are positive!
04-17-97 Pregnancy termination - dead fetus non vaginal experimental.
Clinical treatment. Given drug oxymorphone for 2 days, experimental
intervention including mentioning incision, uterus, excision and
04-18-97 Post-op, monitor sutures.
04-21-97 Moved cages again.
07-29-97 Found mucus next to stool, but not mixed in with it.
09-08-97 More dental work.
01-21-98 More dental work.
01-23-98 Injection trauma, test site.
03-11-98 Pregnancy test results are positive
05-21-98 More dental work.
07-31-98 Live birth to ID #978-0655, both infant and mom are
well, (it doesn’t say if boy or girl).
09-05-98 Observed in the morning that the infant’s tail
was bitten off! Likely by ID # 1610-35, gave drugs to remove infant
from cage. Tail amputation surgery for infant.
09-11-98 Blood noticed under cage.
09-21-98 More dental work.
11-25-98 Removed infant from cage, gave Pricilla Ketamine due
11-26-98 Blood noticed under cage, likely from infant from previous
11-28-98 Noticed vomit in cage.
01-19-99 More dental work.
07-31-99 Moderate bleeding noticed, poor appetite.
09-22-99 Noticed moderate to large amount of greenish vomit under
cage, otherwise animal seems healthy.
02-25-00 Poor appetite, ate only sunflower seeds, left 5 biscuits
untouched. (In 2000, multiple times bled).
4-14-00 Pregnancy test results are positive! (No further info
on infant or abortion? It doesn't say in report).
04-22-00 Very poor appetite.
05-13-00 Poor appetite likely due to Ketamine given previous
08-15-00 Moved to have a roommate.
08-20-00 Mucus in stool.
08-28-00 Moved back to home cage.
10-16-00 Moved cages again.
01-12-01 More dental work.
03-21-01 Moved cages again.
03-27-01 Pricilla died today.
Pregnancy termination: dead non-vaginal experimental intervention.
(No info on when she was inseminated or other pregnancy info from
lab report). Embryotomy (cutting a fetus into pieces within the
womb, so as to effect its removal)
was performed. She was euthanized at 2:15 pm today. They used
Pentobarbital for lethal intravenous injection. She weighed in
at 4.07 (kg) upon death. She was 13 years 4 months old when she
In memory of Pricilla, whom I will always cherish, as she forever
holds a special place in my heart,
Pricilla's life would have passed unnoticed without the efforts
of Kia Eichert. Her story would have remained unwritten. Thanks
to Kiayanna and other caring citizens, the hidden suffering is