A monkey is on the loose at Dublin Zoo, we can exclusively reveal.
Dublin Live has learnt that the animal got out of its enclosure earlier this evening – and remains at large.
Gardai were alerted of the unusual break-out shortly after a photo was posted on Twitter this evening showing a squad car at the edge of the iconic Phoenix Park attraction.
A Garda spokesman said in the past few minutes that as far as they are aware, “the monkey is still on zoo property”.
Well placed sources confirmed that the animal is still loose, but they believe it is still within the grounds of the popular family attraction.
At this stage we can’t report on what type of monkey has gone rogue, but Dublin Live has contacted the zoo for a comment.
Meanwhile, we’ll be on the lookout for any rogue bananas – and if you’re in the Dublin 7 area, we advise that you keep your eyes peeled.
The famous zoo is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and is amongst the most respected – and oldest – in the world.
Dating back to 1831, it is home to several rare and endangered species and its conservation programme is held in high regard right across the zoological world.
Dublin Zoo looks after more than 400 animals from all over the globe – many of which are extremely rare species whose very survival is under threat in the wild.
Amongst their well looked after primates are chimpanzees, Sulawesi-crested macaque monkeys and apes including gibbons, gorillas and endangered Orangutans.
Dublin Zoo partners with over 25 conservation organisations worldwide as well as take part in international breeding programmes for endangered species to help protect wildlife for generations to come.
Like most other tourist attractions, the zoo remains close to the public deu to the ongoing pandemic, and without admission fees it has been under significant financial pressure.
You can donate to Dublin Zoo and help with their preservation programmes by clicking this link.
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Source: Dublin News