A monkey that has been on the run from a Highland wildlife park has been captured.
The Japanese macaque named Honshu – nicknamed Kingussie Kong – escaped from his enclosure at Highland Wildlife Park close to Kingussie on Sunday morning.
A serious search was launched for the monkey, and on Thursday the animal was shot with a tranquiliser dart after being noticed consuming from a chook feeder in a backyard.
Keith Gilchrist, residing collections operations supervisor at Highland Wildlife Park, stated: “We can confirm we have successfully caught the macaque that escaped from the park on Sunday, named Honshu.
“After a name to our hotline simply after 10am, our keepers and drone group made their solution to a member of the general public’s backyard the place the monkey was consuming from a chook feeder and efficiently used a tranquiliser dart to catch him.
“The monkey is on the way back to the park with our keepers where he will be looked over by one of our vet team and reintroduced to sub-adult males within the group.
“We need to thank everybody who has helped through the course of and can proceed to share any additional updates.”
After escaping on the weekend, Honshu was seen sitting on a backyard fence and taking nuts from a chook feeder within the close by village of Kincraig.
Carl Nagle, who noticed the monkey on Sunday, advised Sky News the animal disappeared into the bushes earlier than the keepers appeared.
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Local villagers have been urged to cover their out of doors meals waste bins and chook feeders in an effort to encourage the monkey to go house.
A drone was used within the search and specialists have been capable of comply with Honshu for 45 minutes on Tuesday utilizing the gadget, although weren’t capable of retrieve him that day.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) – which runs the park – had stated Honshu was unlikely to pose a menace to the general public or pets, however suggested folks to not strategy him.
The Japanese macaque, also called the snow monkey, is essentially the most northerly residing non-human primate, in response to the RZSS.
The wildlife park homes a “large group” of the monkeys after efficiently breeding the species.