February 26, 2024

Monkey escaped from Scotland: Kingussie Kong sighting by drone hidden between trees as experts approached

Drone Footage Spots Runaway Monkey After Escaping Highlands Zoo

A monkey that escaped from a Scottish zoo was seen hiding among trees in drone footage after days of evading search by zookeepers.

The Japanese monkey, nicknamed Kingussie Kong, was seen sitting under some branches, while experts said the animal was in good health.

The primate escaped from Highland Wildlife Park, near Kingussie, Inverness, on Sunday, and was previously seen raiding a bird feeder trying to steal nuts a few miles from the zoo.

A Highland Wildlife Park spokesperson said: “There was a monkey sighting this morning, which we are responding to.

“Throughout the day, our team of experts will patrol the area using a variety of techniques to try to entice you to enter, as well as using our thermal imaging drone contractor to assist in the search.”

Staff at the park, run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), asked the public not to approach the primate and said zookeepers were looking for the animal.

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Watch: Escaped monkey filmed for the second time in Scottish town

Escaped monkey is filmed for the second time in Scottish town

A monkey that escaped from a wildlife park in Scotland two days ago has been spotted again as efforts to recapture it continue. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) said keepers were responding to the sighting of the Japanese macaque near the town of Kinguisse on Tuesday morning (January 30). Thermal imaging drones are being used in the hunt for the monkey, which has found a way out of its enclosure at Highland Wildlife Park. People in the area are being encouraged to bring in any food stored outside to encourage the monkey to return to the park when hungry, and have been advised not to approach the animal.

Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 4:30 pm

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Monkey 300 meters from zoo in footage

The escaped monkey was 300 meters from the zoo, according to experts.

The Japanese monkey, nicknamed Kingussie Kong, was seen sitting under some branches, while experts said the animal was in good health.

Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 3:23 pm

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Watch: Drone Footage Spots Fleeing Monkey After Escaping Highlands Zoo

Drone Footage Spots Runaway Monkey After Escaping Highlands Zoo

Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 2:03 pm

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Same breed of monkey escaped in 2008

The same breed of monkey escaped from the same zoo 16 years ago but was recaptured within an hour, according to reports.

The Japanese animal escaped from Highland Wildlife Park in 2008. Three of the animals died there earlier that year. A monkey was killed by a rival in February. A second had to be euthanized and a third drowned.

Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 1:30 pm

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Monkey could have been running away from the fight, says zookeeper

A monkey that escaped from a Scottish zoo may have fled from a fight during breeding season, a zookeeper said.

Keith Gilchrist, of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said high tensions between the primates may have caused the animal to escape.

“It is a very dynamic group of animals, with a very strong hierarchy. This time of year is breeding season, so tensions rise a bit and sometimes fights break out over breeding rights,” Gilchrist told the BBC.

“When this happens, the animals’ adrenaline can sometimes overwhelm everything and, instead of getting into a fight, it appears that this one simply went ahead and broke through the perimeter fence of the enclosure.”

Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 12:34 pm

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Kingussie Kong pictured under branches

Kingussie Kong is pictured under branches as experts track his progress using drones

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Keepers said the monkey is approaching Highland Wildlife Park

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Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 11:03 am

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What is a Japanese macaque?

Japanese macaques, also called Japanese snow monkeys or simply snow monkeys, are found on three of Japan’s four main islands — Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu — and live further north than any other species of monkey, according to the New England primate conservation.

They have human-like bare faces and expressive eyes. They have cheek pouches for food storage. In adulthood, their faces and buttocks turn red.

All monkeys have opposable thumbs that they use to manipulate objects. They use all four limbs to move around (quadrupedal movement), but they also walk only on their hind legs (bipedal) when they hold something with both hands.

Zookeepers are searching for an escaped Japanese macaque

Alexandre ButlerJanuary 31, 2024 10:50 am

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ICYMI: ‘I thought I was hallucinating’ – Monkey spotted on the loose yesterday morning

Tony Brown, founder of Forces Manor said o Independent: “I run a facility with accommodation for members of the British armed forces and veterans.

“At first we thought it was some camouflaged cadet in an ‘Escape and Evasion’ training exercise.

“We asked if he wanted a hotel room and turned the monkey down when he refused to give us his address.” “At first, he passed by our building, in front of the veterans hall and my office.

“I was definitely surprised – it’s such an unusual sight.” “He then went into a neighbour’s garden and I followed him.

“I saw someone from the Wildlife Trust also following the monkey – they told me it wasn’t dangerous but to stay away.

“I’m ex-military so I’m not surprised, but it was certainly a shocking sight. I thought I was hallucinating.

“I couldn’t keep up and he ran away. He’s not like a tiny cat – probably the same height as a reasonably sized dog.

“He looked at me with his pink face thinking ‘are you going to feed me or are you going to spank me?’

“At least it wasn’t the tiger that got away.”

Monkey escaped in Cairngorms, Scotland. Seen in a garden in Kincraig. monkey loose

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Lydia PatrickJanuary 30, 2024 7:00 pm

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‘It was incredible’ – A couple spots the missing monkey

A couple who saw the monkey in their backyard at the weekend described the experience as “so surreal”.

Carl Nagle, 49, and his partner Tiina Salzberg, 50, saw the monkey from their patio door in Kincraig, near Kingussie, on Sunday morning.

He nibbled on nuts from the bird feeder and perched on the garden fence for about 15 minutes before running away.

Ms Salzberg, strategy director at a marketing consultancy firm, told the PA news agency: “We were watching in awe as it was so out of place to see a Japanese snow monkey in your garden in a village in the middle of nowhere.

“It was absolutely wild, we were both elbowing each other trying to get each other out of the way so we could get the best video and camera angles.

“It was amazing, once in a lifetime I’m sure.”

Nagle said: “It’s just the most surreal thing, I’ve seen snow monkeys in the wild but you don’t expect to see them in your backyard in the Highlands.”

Lydia PatrickJanuary 30, 2024 6:00 pm

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What is a Japanese macaque?

Japanese macaques, also called Japanese snow monkeys or simply snow monkeys, are found on three of Japan’s four main islands — Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu — and live further north than any other species of monkey, according to the New England primate conservation.

They have human-like bare faces and expressive eyes. They have cheek pouches for food storage. In adulthood, their faces and buttocks turn red.

All monkeys have opposable thumbs that they use to manipulate objects. They use all four limbs to move around (quadrupedal movement), but they also walk only on their hind legs (bipedal) when they hold something with both hands.

A group of monkeys huddle together on a cold morning in Ayodhya, India, Friday, Dec. 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Lydia PatrickJanuary 30, 2024 5:00 pm

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