Monday, 18 February, 2019

Chimpanzees create makeshift ladder to escape zoo enclosure

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Jeannette Daniel | 12 February, 2019, 17:23

A zookeeper said a tree became damaged in a storm in the enclosure allowing the chimps to create a ladder from the scraps.

Chimpanzees used a branch to escape an enclosure at Belfast Zoo on Saturday.

One of the escaped chimpanzees was caught on camera as it roamed freely across a road at the zoo in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on February 9, 2019.

Belfast Zoo spokesperson Alan Cairns said that the chimpanzees had been able to build the ladder after the trees in their enclosure had been weakened by storms.

" at the chimpanzee, it did indeed leave the enclosure, whereupon it encountered zoogoer Chantal Baxter, who told the BBC that the chimp "just appeared from behind a bush".

"They're intelligent primates and know they're not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves", Cairns told the BBC. he said the zoo will review removing the trees in the enclosure, or making them a smaller level.

Shocked families recorded the moment the great ape pulled itself up the wall and began to roam free along the pathways in Belfast Zoo.

Visitor Danielle Monaghan, who shared video of the daring escape on Facebook, told the BBC she was "petrified" the chimp might "attack or take the kids".

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She said she and her companions "could not believe it" when the "smart" chimpanzees started to climb onto the branch and hopped over the wall.

Two weeks ago a rare red panda escaped from the same zoo when its electric fences failed.

"It may have been a different story if it had been aggressive but it absolutely wasn't".

We also know from said trilogy that most of the apes are reasonable but are just afraid to trust humans and rightfully so, we're the worst.

Belfast City Council, which runs the zoo, said one chimpanzee "briefly" left its enclosure.

The leader of the Green Party in NI has said questions must be asked about safety at Belfast Zoo after a chimpanzee escaped from its enclosure.

However, the zoo's chimpanzees were "quite cowardly" and later returned to the enclosure on their own.

He said zoo officials will now "review" the situation, but they don't want to remove the trees.

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