A Japanese macaque escaped from Highland Wildlife Park Zoo in Kingussie, Scotland yesterday morning. The monkey has not been caught yet. The zoo says it does not expect the animal to pose a danger to humans, but still recommends staying away from it.
Highland Wildlife Park confirmed today on Facebook that the park is still searching for the Japanese macaque that escaped yesterday. The Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, is one of the largest species of macaque monkeys, with thick fur and a red snout. It is the most common non-human primate in the North.
It is still unclear how the animal managed to escape. Darren McGarry of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which runs Highland Wildlife Park, said: “Our charity has put together a team that is working together to return the monkey safely as quickly as possible.” “If people encounter macaques, they should contact [email protected] for further information and should not approach macaques.”
The monkey was seen in the nearby village of Kincraig, sitting on a wooden fence while eating nuts from a bird feeder. Karl Nagel saw him at his fence. He ate nuts and walked back and forth around the garden. “He then crawled onto the roof of the outdoor sauna and disappeared into the trees before his caregivers arrived to arrest him,” Nagel said.
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