NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — UL Lafayette's primate center has paid a $38,571 fine for the deaths of three rhesus monkeys in May 2011 and an injury last year to a chimpanzee.

The New Iberia Research Center says it reported both incidents as soon as it became aware of them.

The monkeys' bodies were decomposing when found in a metal chute between two cages. The center was fined for failing to check every animal daily. ULL officials say the center reassigned, disciplined and retrained workers and revised its procedures.

The chimp was recovering from anesthesia in April 2012 when it reached through a drain into an enclosure where other chimpanzees injured its hand and arm. ULL says the opening has been blocked.

The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ordered the fines in February. They were paid within a month.

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