Chimps es­cape zoo with make-do lad­der

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LON­DON — Zookeep­ers say a group of chim­panzees used branches weak­ened by a storm to make a lad­der and es­cape from their en­clo­sure at the Belfast Zoo.

Video filmed Sat­ur­day by vis­i­tors to the North­ern Ire­land zoo showed sev­eral primates scal­ing a wall and perch­ing atop it, with one walk­ing down a path out­side the en­clo­sure.

Zookeeper Alyn Cairns said trees in the chimps’ en­clo­sure had been weak­ened by re­cent storms, al­low­ing the an­i­mals to break them and fash­ion a lad­der to es­cape. He told the BBC “they’re in­tel­li­gent primates and know they’re not sup­posed to be out of their en­clo­sure, so got back in them­selves.”

Two weeks ago, a rare red panda es­caped from the same zoo when its elec­tric fences failed. The an­i­mal was re­cap­tured in the drive­way of a nearby house.

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