Chimp escape artists climb up branch to escape zoo enclosure

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Chimps at the Belfast Zoo enjoy a birthday party
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Please support the #FreeTheChimp movement, everyone. 

A group of radical liberationist chimpanzees attempted to break free from their enclosure at the Belfast Zoo in Belfast, Northern Ireland this Saturday. The chimps used a branch as a form of “primate ladder” to climb out of their enclosure and into freedom. 

At least one chimp successfully escaped to another wall, only to return to their enclosure shortly after.

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At least some of the escape was caught on video by zoo visitors.

Zookeepers argued that the zoo enclosure had been weakened by a recent storm, allowing the chimps to escape.

Only one chimp appears to have fully left the enclosure, while others simply sat on their enclosure wall.

“They’re intelligent primates and know they’re not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves,” zookeeper Alyn Cairns told the BBC

This is the second prison breakout for the Belfast Zoo in two months. Last month, a red panda cub also escaped and was found in a garden less than a mile from the zoo.

#FreeTheCuteNonThreateningAnimals now.

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