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Macaque is back at Belfast Zoo after break for freedom

By Rebecca Black

There has been more monkey business at Belfast Zoo after yet another macaque escaped.

The lion-tailed macaque went on the run yesterday but was re-captured nearby a short time later.

This latest incident comes just two weeks after two lion-tailed macaques escaped from the same enclosure. One was discovered within 24 hours, although the second remained on the run for a several days.

Those escapees - Rose and Zoid - were also among six macaques which managed to evade zoo keepers in 2013. The gang was on the loose for a week before being recaptured.

It is understood that the macaque enclosure is set to be reviewed.

Last night a spokeswoman for Belfast Zoo said: "A lion-tailed macaque briefly escaped from Belfast Zoo but was quickly recaptured. Zoo keepers and the vet retrieved the animal from a nearby location and it has now been returned to the rest of the group at Belfast Zoo."

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