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One of the two lion-tailed macaques that escaped from Belfast Zoo (Belfast Zoo/PA)

One of the two lion-tailed macaques that escaped from Belfast Zoo (Belfast Zoo/PA)

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One of the two lion-tailed macaques that escaped from Belfast Zoo (Belfast Zoo/PA)

One of the two lion-tailed macaques that escaped from Belfast Zoo (Belfast Zoo/PA)

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One of the two lion-tailed macaques that escaped from Belfast Zoo (Belfast Zoo/PA)

ONE of two monkeys that escaped from Belfast Zoo remained on the run last night - 36 hours after he first fled his enclosure.

The zoo plans to review security at the enclosure following the second break-out in two years.

Zoo staff have asked anyone who has spotted the lion-tailed macaque, Zoid, to contact them immediately.

His comrade, Rose, was found yesterday afternoon following a search operation involving the zoo vet, keepers and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

She was tracked down to what a zoo spokeswoman termed as a "nearby location", and tranquilised by the zoo vet before being returned to her enclosure.

The macaques are native to India. However, a zoo spokeswoman said they are "fairly hardy and the cold should not affect them".

Rose is nine years old and Zoid is seven years old.

Irish Independent