Northern Ireland

Future of Belfast Zoo's macaques at risk after another escape

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Image caption There have been a number of lion-tailed macaque escapes from Belfast Zoo in the past two years

The future of Belfast Zoo's lion-tailed macaques could be at risk after another escape by one of the animals.

The zoo said a lion-tailed macaque "briefly escaped" on Tuesday, but was quickly recaptured.

Two of the monkeys escaped from the enclosure in March, but were also recaptured.

In a statement, the zoo said it was reviewing the enclosure and the long-term future of the species at the Cave Hill site in north Belfast.

Previously, six lion-tailed macaques escaped from the zoo in October 2013.

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Image caption The fire service helped to recapture the missing monkey in the grounds of Belfast Castle on Tuesday

The monkey that escaped on Tuesday and the rest of the troop of macaques have been moved to an indoor off-show area while the zoo continues a review process.

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