Published Friday, 25 October 2013
The macaque was located up a tree in Newtownabbey. (© UTV)
Four of the lion-tailed macaques were found but, on Thursday, two of the monkeys remained at large.
The missing monkeys, Jade and Roxy, had been spotted by the public in and around north Belfast close to the zoo but were advised not to approach them.
Zoo staff, who had been searching for them, closed in on one on Friday evening at Gideon's Green in Newtownabbey.
They used an anaesthetic dart and nets to capture the animal.
Zoo manager Mark Challis told UTV: "We got a report that one of them was in some trees just below the Abbey Centre on the Shore Road.
"So the zoo team went down there with all our kit and the macaque was up a tree. And with help from the fire brigade who brought one of their telescopic ladders and the police who were directing traffic, we managed to sedate the macaque via an anaesthetic dart and with nets we retrieved it from the tree.
"Brilliant news is it's now safely back in the zoo, so that's a super end to that particular macaque's little escape."
He said there were a few hundred people watching the animal rescue mission.
"There was this lovely round of applause as we retrieved the macaque and we got it in a travel box to take it back to the zoo," Mr Challis commented.
"It was rather nice, it shows the interest in animals and the zoo, and people can see how the zoo team do what they do so well."
The macaque will receive a full medical from a vet and will be put in an enclosure to rest up before being reunited with the other monkeys.
The zoo manager added that these types of animal escapes are rare and that the lone monkey still to be captured is believed to be roaming close to the zoo.
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