A fugitive monkey is still giving police and keepers the slip after two days on the run – because he was getting BULLIED.
The lion-tailed macaque is still on the loose despite keepers setting traps and searching the fields and countryside around the animal park.
Keepers from Howletts Animal Park, Kent, are continuing the search for Tamil, the six-year-old macaque who ran away from the zoo on Tuesday night.
It is thought that in-fighting with other macaques in his enclosure prompted Tamil to run away.
Adrian Harland, Animal Director said: “It is common for young male primates to fight as they become more dominant.
“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.
“Tamil would have received a shock – but in this case it was not enough to stop him.”
While the macaque is not considered much of a threat, the Park’s animal director Adrian Harland has urged members of the public not to approach the wild beast – because they are aggressive brawlers.
In an effort to capture him, keepers set monkey friendly traps baited with Tamil’s favourite snacks of nuts and fruits in the trees overnight, but the crafty monkey is still on the loose.
Adrian added: “Our expert keeper teams will continue to search the surrounding areas and are doing everything they can to encourage Tamil to return to his enclosure.”
“Kent Police and the council have been informed and the council have been informed, whilst keepers and vets are on standby to contain the animal.”
The Lion tailed macaque are fruit and seed eating primates native to South India.
An endangered species, macaques are characterised by their white manes and the violent way they defend their territory.
This is not the first time that an animal has escaped from Howletts.
Another macaque escaped in 2013 when keepers entered the enclosure to vaccinate its occupants.
The zoo lost a pack of wild hunting dogs in 2009, and in December 2001 a tiger was shot dead after breaking free from its enclosure.