Lonely Planet Writer

One monkey still at large in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Belfast Zoo escape

Half of the Bonnie and Clyde lion-tailed macaques double-act which escaped from their enclosure at Belfast Zoo yesterday is now back in custody.

A lion-tailed macaque
A lion-tailed macaque Image by Bikash Das / CC BY 2.0

Zookeepers with the backing of the Northern Ireland Fire service have been combing the areas surrounding the zoo since the escape was reported and were successful in rescuing one of the macaques. A Belfast Zoo spokesperson said the monkey was found and returned by the zoo vet, keepers and the Northern Ireland Fire Service.

She told the Belfast Telegraph that there had been several sightings of the other animal and they were confident of a successful outcome. The first sighting of the escaped pair was by a man out walking his dog in the Antrim Road area on Thursday afternoon. The zoo has warned the public not to approach the remaining macaque but to call the experts.

Two years ago a similar search was on for a monkey named Roxy who went AWOL for over a week.