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Belfast Zoo missing monkeys: One macaque found while second remains on the run

One of two lion-tailed macaques which escaped from Belfast Zoo in north Belfast has been found while the other remains on the run.

The zoo says it is confident that the remaining macaque will soon be returned to its enclosure.

The primates went missing on Wednesday March 25.

One was believed to be on the run in the Cave Hill area while the other was spotted near houses in the Ben Madigan Park area of the Antrim Road and is being is being pursued by zoo staff

On Thursday afternoon one of the macaque monkeys was found nearby and returned to the zoo.

A spokesman for the Belfast  Zoo said: "One of the two lion-tailed macaques, that escaped from Belfast Zoo yesterday (25 March 2015), has been returned to the zoo site.

"The macaque was found in a nearby location and was returned to the zoo by the zoo vet, keepers and the Northern Ireland Fire Service. 

"There are continued sightings of the other macaque and staff are continuing to monitor the locations and track the movements of the animal. 

"We are confident that the remaining macaque will soon be found and returned to the zoo."

Staff have asked anyone that sees them to contact the zoo immediately and not attempt to approach or catch the animal.

The team can be contacted on 028 9077 6277 or 077 9627 7414 during out of hours.

Lion-tailed macaques have a distinctive grey mane around their faces which makes their heads look big.

Their name comes from their tufted, droopy tails, which are similar to a lion's.

In 2013 six macaques escaped from their enclosure.

The gang was on the loose for a week before being recaptured. 

Video: Belfast Zoo's runaway monkey Roxy caught in city garden 

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