Clever chimpanzees used a fallen branch as a ladder to escape from their enclosure at Belfast Zoo on Saturday. The intelligent primates turned a felled tree into a makeshift ladder and scaled high walls surrounding their pen in Northern Ireland.
It comes after an endangered red panda cub went missing when electric fences failed and was discovered by a man in his driveway. Shocked visitors described seeing one of the monkeys emerge from the bushes and stroll towards them. Other chimpanzees were filmed sitting atop the walls. The great escape ended when the animals decided to wander back into their enclosure. One child watching the spectacle exclaimed: ‘Don’t escape you bad little gorilla’.
The zookeeper blamed recent stormy weather for the fallen branches inside their enclosure. 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.’
Zookeeper Alyn Cairns said trees in their enclosure have been weakened by the storms, allowing the creatures to break them and use them as a ladder to escape.
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