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Chimpanzees create ladder, escape from zoo

February 10, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Impedancer 3 years ago
Comment icon #16 Posted by OverSword 3 years ago
Mom itís escaping! Better tell someone!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Aardvark-DK 3 years ago
Next thing, is a buried Statue of Liberty....
Comment icon #18 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Didn't this happen a few years ago, too?† Maybe the Planet of the Apes is starting.
Comment icon #22 Posted by HermeticLabyrinthos 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Itís bit of stretch to say the apes built†a ladder.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
It....has....begun...Ö..


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