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Chimpanzees Make Ladder To Break Out of Zoo

Written by on February 11, 2019

Chimpanzees Make Ladder To Break Out of Zoo

Clever chimpanzees used a branch to escape at Belfast Zoo on Saturday after stormy weather weakened their enclosure.

The intelligent primates turned a tree into a makeshift ladder and scaled high walls surrounding their pen in Northern Ireland.

Shocked visitors described seeing one of the monkeys emerge from the bushes and stroll towards them up a path.

Other chimpanzees were filmed sitting atop the walls. The great escape ended when the animals returned to their quarters.

The zookeeper blamed recent stormy weather for weakening trees inside their enclosure.

It was the second breach in recent weeks after an endangered red panda went missing when electric fences failed. The animal was found by a man in his driveway and it was recaptured.

Belfast City Council, which runs the zoo, said: ‘Zookeepers were present as the chimpanzee quickly returned from an adjacent wall to the rest of the group inside the enclosure.’

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