- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal inspectors are issuing a warning to the University of Utah after a monkey was burned at a lab and euthanized.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites two violations after a hot air blower designed to warm up the monkey was placed dangerously close to the creature in August 2015.

The animal advocacy group Center For Ethical Science called Friday for the university to be fined.

The USDA says the monkey’s temperature dropped during an genetic disorder study MRI because an warming blanket meant to keep it warm wasn’t plugged in.

The Aug. 2 warning letter faults the lab for failing to check the money’s temperature for more than 30 minutes and not making sure all staffers were qualified.

University officials say the injuries were accidental and prompted a review of their policies and procedures.

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