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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Chester Zoo orangutans escape from Islands enclosure



A section of Chester Zoo had to be closed off this morning after four orangutans escaped from their enclosure in the new Islands attraction.
Two female Sumatran orangutans and two of their young offspring made their way out of their enclosed area just after 10am today (Tuesday, June 28) while the Duke of Westminster was visiting.
A zoo spokesman confirmed Subis and her infants Tuti and Siska, as well as fellow female Indah, stayed safely within the zoo’s Monsoon Forest building while primate keepers quickly ushered them back into their enclosure.
No visitors were in the vicinity at the time as the building was closed for a private event due to start later in the day, the spokesman said.
He added: "The Duke of Westminster was here today but obviously not involved in the incident."
Mike Jordan, the zoo's collections director, said: “Subis, Tuti, Siska and Indah were spotted by one of our primate keepers and the team were quickly on hand. Orangutans are extremely curious animals and were being rascals about returning but they’re all now back safe and sound.

“No visitors were in the immediate area but, just to be on the safe side, an area was cordoned off by our emergency response team for a short while until we were sure the family and Indah were back safely with the rest of the group. We’d like to thank those visitors for their patience.”

The Monsoon Forest remains closed for the time being but the rest of the zoo is open as normal.