Published: 12:00, 19 August 2015 |
Updated: 16:46, 19 August 2015
A baboon has been sedated and caught by keepers after escaping his enclosure at a popular zoo.
Keepers at Port Lympne Reserve near Hythe quickly managed to surround the animal after he broke free at around 11am.
The park was locked down for an hour after the male guinea baboon broke a section of the electric fence surrounding the enclosure but is now said to be "safe and sound".
Visitors were taken to designated safe zones around the 600 acre site while the incident was dealt with by primate keepers.
Port Lympne animal director Adrian Harland said: "We were alerted to the escape and our team immediately reacted to contain the situation.
"I’d like to thank all our visitors for their patience during the procedure and our keeper and vet teams for their professionalism throughout."
Some visitors were left stranded in the middle of the safari park while the keepers rounded up the primate.
Keepers were able to take control of the situation and guide the baboon back to his enclosure.
He has since been sedated and taken to the park's vet centre where he was checked over by vets.
He was returned to an inside section of the enclosure and is being monitored overnight, the park announced.
A male guinea baboon is currently out of his enclosure. The park is running a full procedure and visitors have been escorted to safe zones.— Port Lympne Reserve (@portlympnepark) August 19, 2015
The baboon has been sedated and is now in the Vet Centre for monitoring. Thank you to all our visitors for their patience throughout.— Port Lympne Reserve (@portlympnepark) August 19, 2015
The broken section of electric fence has been repaired.
Mr Harland added: "Our electric fences are designed to be a deterrent and will deliver a shock when touched.
"However, they are not designed to harm our animals. The baboon would have received a shock - but in this case it was not enough to stop him.
"Animal escapes are an extremely rare occurrence at Port Lympne Reserve and I’m happy to report that the baboon is now back in a separate part of the enclosure and is safe and sound."
Visitors have taken to social media to talk about the incident.
While some were left out on safari trucks in the reserve, others were left stuck in the gift shop and cafes around the park.
Locked in cafe at port lympne safari park as baboon is on the loose! pic.twitter.com/LuVKlEGcJ3— annie hanson (@anniestormont) August 19, 2015
Day out at the Port Lympne zoo, didn't expext to be locked in the giftshop because of a baboon escaping though...— Emily Clare Royles (@MissRoyles) August 19, 2015
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