Wednesday 17 January 2018

Fugitive monkey that escaped from Fota Wildlife Park is back home safe and sound

Stock photo of a Colobus monkey
Stock photo of a Colobus monkey

A fugitive Colobus monkey that escaped from Fota Wildlife Park in Cork has been recaptured.

The artful dodger, a colobus primate, escaped earlier in the week and managed to remain under the radar of those trying to locate him.

He didn't get too far, however, as he was spotted hanging upside down in a tree in the car park of the centre.

Rangers managed to recaptured the cheeky fugitive back inside this afternoon.

Earlier Roisin Fitzgerald, marketing manager at Fota told Independent.ie that staff were doing everything they can to bring him safely inside.

"Recently one of our residents a Colobus Monkey, escaped from his habitat here at Fota Wildlife Park," she said in a statement.

"Our escape protocol was immediately implemented by Fota Wildlife Park’s trained animal rangers, and we expect he will be rescued very soon, and safely returned to his home.

Colobus monkeys are originally from the cool mountain forests of Kenya.

They live mostly in treetops and eat fruits, vegetables, and willow branches.

They're known for the black and white colouring and usually range between 18 and 27 inches long, not counting their tails.

Ms Fitzgerals said Fota Wildlife Park "are constantly reviewing our animal welfare policies here at Fota Wildlife Park, so that we can continue to improve our animal and visitors’ experiences and ensure that the animals who live here can continue to thrive".

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