Visitors to Paignton Zoo had to be evacuated earlier today, Tuesday 22 August due to an escaped monkey.
Visitors were removed from some areas of the zoo and were asked to remain in the restaurant area.
The incident was dealt with quickly, with the monkey re-captured by staff.
Posting on social media, a spokesperson for Paignton Zoo said: “Earlier today, staff at Paignton Zoo had to attend to an incident involving an escaped monkey. As a precautionary measure, zoo visitors were evacuated from the area in accordance with our well-rehearsed escaped animal procedure and the animal was re-captured without incident shortly after the alert was raised.
“We are currently investigating how this incident occurred and would like to thank everyone who was at the zoo this morning for their patience and co-operation.”
Visitors to the zoo are currently unable to use the indoor or outdoor play areas. They are currently closed until further notice, with a spokesperson stating on social media yesterday: “We apologize that all of our play areas will be closed until further notice due to operational issues. We’re working hard to get this resolved and the play areas opened as soon as possible.Thank you for your understanding.”
The zoo has also had issues with parking, asking people to pre-book due to car parks being full and the zoo being at full capacity.
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