When Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin was out for her evening stroll little did she know she would have a run-in with an ape on the loose.
It was an evening of chaos and excitement at Dublin Zoo after a Sulawesi-crested macaque escaped its enclosure in search of adventure.
Eadaoin was one of the first people on the scene shortly after 5.30 pm as gardai were alerted of the unusual break-out.
The trad musician told Dublin Live: “I was just on a walk at Phoenix Park and I go for a coffee and walk every day. That’s the direction I go in.
“Just near the tea rooms there, I saw the guards and the van and people just started gathering there.
“Obviously, you’d think it’s an accident at first and then we saw the monkey in the tree.
“It was so nice for once because everyone was having fun rather than an accident or something.”
The primate had climbed a tree and wasn’t moving, prompting concern from onlookers.
Eadaoin added: “But it was sleeping, that’s what we found out from the members of Dublin Zoo.”
She said she would have loved to stay and watch it being rescued but it was getting dark so she decided to go home and leave it in the capable hands of the zoo employees.
Though not yet confirmed, one witness said handlers were seen trying to coax the cheeky escapee down from a tree on Chesterfield Avenue.
We also received reports that the runaway primate was holding a zebra hostage and demanding seedless grapes but sources are claiming this is untrue.
A well-placed source told Dublin Live: “I’m not at all surprised that it’s a macaque that escaped- they’re crafty little buggers with mischievous personalities to beat the band!”
There is some good news as a spokesman for Dublin Zoo confirmed that the macaque is safely back in its home.
He said: “Dublin Zoo can confirm a Sulawesi-crested macaque temporarily moved from its habitat on the evening of 26th February 2021 and was returned a short time later. The animal remained on the grounds of Dublin Zoo at all times.”
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