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Chimpanzees create ladder, escape from zoo


Posted on Sunday, 10 February, 2019 | Comment icon 24 comments

The chimpanzees were able to take advantage of fallen tree debris. Image Credit: GFDL 1.2 Ikiwaner
A group of resourceful chimpanzees recently escaped from their enclosure in Belfast zoo after a storm.
Seemingly bored with their limited living space, the primates were able to fashion a makeshift ladder out of a fallen tree branch and use it to climb up a steep stone wall at the edge of their enclosure.

Danielle Monaghan, who had been visiting the zoo at the time with her family, managed to capture the whole thing on film.

The video shows the chimps climbing up on to the top of the wall and walking along it.

"I was petrified, obviously, having the kids, and I tried not to show fear but inside I was a bit like: what happens if it attacks us or tries to take the kids or runs over?" she said.

According to reports, some of the chimps were later seen emerging from the bushes on to a public footpath, however most of them simply stayed where they were on the wall.

Thankfully nobody was injured and the animals ended up returning to the enclosure by themselves.

It is the second escape in the space of a month for the zoo; back in January a red panda managed to escape its enclosure before eventually being found less than a mile away in someone's garden.

"This is a highly unusual event, despite the natural curious nature of chimpanzees, and we would like to reassure the public that Belfast Zoo is fully committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all our visitors," said a spokesman.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (24)

Tags: Chimpanzees

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Impedancer on 11 February, 2019, 2:25
 
Comment icon #16 Posted by OverSword on 11 February, 2019, 6:10
Mom it’s escaping! Better tell someone!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 11 February, 2019, 7:47
Next thing, is a buried Statue of Liberty....
Comment icon #18 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 11 February, 2019, 8:31
Gorillas are more about display gestures than outright violence, that being said, they could easily rip you apart and can be unpredictable. Silverbacks are just adult males. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Captain Risky on 11 February, 2019, 9:55
maybe the chimps don't trust May's brexit plan and getting out while they still have a soft border.
Comment icon #20 Posted by freetoroam on 11 February, 2019, 11:23
Maybe they are heading to Parliament, to sort out the chimps there already. (No disrespect to the real chimps comparing them to those in Parliament intended. )
Comment icon #21 Posted by paperdyer on 12 February, 2019, 3:39
Didn't this happen a few years ago, too?  Maybe the Planet of the Apes is starting.
Comment icon #22 Posted by HermeticLabyrinthos on 12 February, 2019, 9:39
Where does the video show a ladder being made? All I saw was chimps climbing up some wood. They leaned a chunk of wood against some concrete and climbed up. Lame video.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Rockc819 on 12 February, 2019, 14:46
It’s bit of stretch to say the apes built a ladder.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Trelane on 14 February, 2019, 20:14
It....has....begun...…..


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