Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Runaway monkey comes home

A colobus monkey that escaped from Belfast Zoo last week has returned, although the rebellious adolescent could not be reconciled with his family.

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.

"He was asleep for about 15 minutes and in that time, a vet gave him a quick once over and he seems to be in great health - he certainly hasn't lost any weight and probably had the time of his life during his adventure.

"We have decided that there will probably be a permanent problem between him and his father so he will not be returned to his enclosure - he is probably too old to be there now.

"We are concentrating on giving him some rest and relaxation and then we are going to try and find him a new home at another zoo."

While on the loose, the monkey turned up in several suburban gardens and was fed by local children.


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