Monday, June 06, 2005

Cheeky monkey returns home

A mischievous monkey who ran away from his home at Belfast Zoo after he was scolded by his dad is today recovering from his week-long adventure.

However, the young colobus monkey will not be returned to his enclosure at the zoo and members of staff are now turning their attention to locating a new home for the animal.

It is believed that relations between the youngster and his father will remain sour and the decision has been made to house him separately until an alternative home can be found at another zoo in the UK.

Acting manager at the zoo, Mark Challis, said the past week has been extremely tense for everyone involved in the search and staff are elated that the animal has been returned to the zoo "safe and sound".

The four-year-old monkey was captured at about 1pm yesterday afternoon after members of the public and staff saw him sitting on a picnic bench next to the giraffe paddock.

Mr Challis said: "He really is a cheeky monkey - he was spotted sitting around near the giraffes and we raced up there and managed to get a dart into him.

Story here.

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