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Monkey escapes enclosure at Irish zoo

One of the Fota Wildlife Park's roloway monkeys escaped from its enclosure Tuesday and led zookeepers on a chase through the facility before being safely recaptured. Photo courtesy of the Fota Wildlife Park
One of the Fota Wildlife Park's roloway monkeys escaped from its enclosure Tuesday and led zookeepers on a chase through the facility before being safely recaptured. Photo courtesy of the Fota Wildlife Park

Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A monkey escaped its enclosure at a zoo in Ireland and led zookeepers riding golf carts on a chase through the facility before being recaptured.

Visitors to the Fota Wildlife Park in Cork said the zoo was put on temporary lockdown Tuesday when a monkey escaped from its closure and ran through crowds of onlookers while being pursued by zookeepers in golf carts.

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A zoo spokesman confirmed the exits were blocked while staff pursued the primate, a male roloway monkey named Valentino.

"Valentino was continually under observation by the animal rangers and was quickly coaxed into a secure holding pen and returned safely to his island habitat. At no time was he in danger, or a threat to any visitors or members of the public," the spokesman told CorkBeo.com.

The zoo did not disclose how Valentino managed to get out of his enclosure.

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