Chimpanzees escape Belfast Zoo enclosure with makeshift ladder
The Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland said it is reviewing animal security after a group of chimpanzees escaped an enclosure using a branch as a ladder.
A video posted online by a visitor shows a chimpanzee climbing to the top of the enclosure while another sat on top of the wall.
In a statement, the Belfast City Council, which runs the zoo, said one of the chimpanzees left the enclosure on Saturday for about an hour, while two others only climbed up to the wall. All the chimpanzees safely returned to the enclosure on their own.
“This was a highly unusual event, despite the natural curious nature of chimpanzees, and Council would like to reassure the public that Belfast Zoo is fully committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all its visitors,” said the Belfast City Council in its statement.
Additional posted footage shows a chimpanzee popping out on to a path used by visitors exploring the zoo.
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