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Belfast Zoo: No more monkeying around for macaque

By Amanda Ferguson

The second monkey on the run from Belfast Zoo has finally been caught and returned to its enclosure.

Last week, two lion-tailed macaques, one of the smallest and most endangered of the species, gave zoo keepers the slip.

Rose and Zoid made a bid for freedom last Wednesday.

Rose was found on Thursday at the bottom of Cave Hill.

And on Saturday the zoo said Zoid had been found and was returned to his home.

Zoid had been spotted near houses in the Ben Madigan Park area of the Antrim Road near the zoo on the outskirts of north Belfast.

The runaway pair previously took part in a mass break-out.

In October 2013 six macaques - including Rose and Zoid - escaped from the zoo but were later tracked down by keepers after being spotted at Belfast Castle.

The last remaining monkey to be captured at the time was the elusive Roxy, who was spotted by a resident in his garden at Ben Madigan Park South.

Lion-tailed macaques, found in the shady evergreen forests of the western Ghats Mountains in India, have a distinctive grey mane around their faces.

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