Monkey business: Escaped primate leads keepers on a chase through the zoo

A monkey has led keepers on a chase around Edinburgh Zoo after it escaped from its enclosure.

Around six workers at the visitor attraction were left chasing the baby baboon through the shrubbery.

The staff, using rakes and poles, then tried to encourage the gelada baboon to get back into its enclosure.

The monkey escaped around 3pm on Thursday and was spotted making its bid for freedom near the lion enclosure. The viewing hut had to be closed for around 20 minutes after it squeezed under the electric fence and sat on the roof of the hut eating before making off into the rest of the attraction.

STV News were at the zoo to meet their newest arrival - a baby anteater - when the commotion started. A family also caught the action on camera.

A spokeswoman for the zoo said that keepers would now be making modifications to the electric fencing to make sure no more animals escape.

It is not the first time that primates have escaped from their enclosure. In July 2009, a group of barbary macaques got out of their new home and were living in the trees on Corstorphine Hill for a few days before being recaptured.

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