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IrelandChimpanzees escape Belfast Zoo enclosure using snapped tree branch

10:15  11 february  2019
10:15  11 february  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Chimpanzees used a branch brought down by Storm Erik to escape their enclosure at Belfast Zoo . Zookeepers blamed the weekend's stormy weather for weakening

Chimpanzees made an improvised ladder out of fallen tree branches to escape from their enclosure at Belfast Zoo . The animals were caught on video climbing over One adult chimpanzee passed just feet from four children enjoying a family trip to the zoo . Manager Alyn Cairns said the chimpanzees .

Chimpanzees escape Belfast Zoo enclosure using snapped tree branch © Shutterstock Patrick Rolands

CHIMPANZEES AT BELFAST Zoo escaped from their enclosure using a branch that broke due to high winds caused by Storm Erik.

Footage obtained by the BBC shows chimpanzees climbing up a branch that is leaning against the enclosure wall. In the video, a child can be heard exclaiming: “Don’t escape you bad little gorilla!”

One chimp then wandered across a pathway where visitors were.

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Chimpanzees have used a branch to escape from their enclosure at Belfast zoo in the second breach by animals in recent weeks. Zookeeper Alyn Cairns said trees in the enclosure had been weakened by the storms, allowing the chimps to break them and use them as a ladder to escape .

Chimpanzees used fallen tree branches to make a ladder and escape from their enclosure at Belfast Zoo , Northern Ireland.

Belfast Zoo manager Alyn Cairns told the BBC it was thought that trees in their enclosure had been weakened by the storms making them easier to break up.

He said the zoo’s chimps went back into their enclosure themselves during the incident. He said that they would review the incident, although they like to keep the animals’ enclosures as natural as possible, and so would like to keep trees there.

It’s the second time an animal has escaped the zoo in recent times, after a red panda went missing on 28 January (it was found later that morning).

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