Chimpanzees planned their escape from their enclosure at the Belfast Zoo on Saturday afternoon after making improvised ladders from tree branches.
Some chimpanzees walked with public on the walkway within the zoo premises before they could quietly return to their enclosure.
Video captures Chimps walking freely around Belfast Zoo after escaping over their wall on Saturday afternoon.
All the Chimpanzees have been accounted for and are back in their enclosure. 🐒 🙊
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— Stuart Robinson (@stuartrobinson1) February 9, 2019
Zoo officials said that the chimps were able to make a ladder from a broken branch after it was weakened by storms. Zoo spokesperson Alan Cairns said, “They’re intelligent primates and know they’re not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves.”
After the brief escape the chimps were caged to prevent another breakout.
The zoo officials now look to remove trees or make them shorter. Electricity fence is also on the cards to enhance security.
Last month a red panda escaped from the same zoo.