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Chimps use branch as ladder to escape Belfast zoo enclosure

2019-02-10 14:51
Chimpanzees at the Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland roamed freely after escaping their enclosure with the help of a large limb blown into the area by Storm Erik on Saturday, February 9. Video posted to Facebook shows chimpanzees climbing a tree branch, which conveniently fell against the enclosure wall, before jumping and catching the lip of the concrete wall. A second clip shows one of the animals roaming freely near a internal road. Four animals made the escape, according to an eyewitness who spoke to the BBC. A zoo spokesperson told media that the chimpanzees were only briefly out of their enclosures as zoo personnel were on hand to return them. Alan Cairns told BBC the animals returned to their enclosure on their own accord.