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Zoo evacuated as chimpanzees escape

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Chester Zoo was evacuated after 30 chimpanzees escaped from their enclosure.

The animals found their way into a keeper area where their food is prepared at 12.40pm. It is not known how they came to get free from their cages.

More than 5,000 visitors were asked to leave the 110-acre zoo shortly afterwards, as keepers rounded up the chimps.

There were no injuries to members of the public or staff and the decision was taken purely as a precautionary measure, the zoo said in a statement.

?We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to our visitors and would thank them for their full co-operation and patience,? the statement said.

The zoo has more than 1.3 million visitors a year and has been named by Forbes as one of the best 15 zoos in the world.

Sarah Jones, from Chester, was among the visitors at the zoo when the animals left their enclosure.

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"My two young boys had only just gone into the chimpanzee house when we heard terrifying loud noises," she said.

"The chimpanzees were large animals and they seemed very upset about something, they were making a frightening noise, I thought something was wrong, so we made our way out of the building.

"I saw keepers running into the house and visitors were asked to head to other areas of the zoo.

"We ended up being stuck in the cafe area for quite a while."

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-KJ    71

I'd go bananas! :rofl:

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QuickSort    0

haha funny title

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Growled    3,880

They need to stop that monkeying around.

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PureHeart    0

They escape, they destroy, they corrupt :o

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