A cheeky monkey that spent 5 days on the run within the Scottish Highlands is “doing really well” after being captured and returned to a wildlife park.
It is believed that the Japanese macaque, named Honshu, could have gotten caught after being tempted by some Yorkshire pudding that had been neglected in a single day for the birds.
Honshu – nicknamed Kingussie Kong – escaped from his enclosure at Highland Wildlife Park close to Kingussie on Sunday morning.
A serious search operation was launched, and he was finally shot with a tranquiliser dart after being noticed consuming from a chicken feeder in a backyard lower than two miles away from the park on Thursday.
Stephanie Bunyan, who alerted the authorities after spying Honshu snacking in her backyard, instructed The Guardian that in addition to peanuts in her feeders, she had additionally neglected some Yorkshire pudding – which was passed by the morning.
In an replace on Friday, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) – which runs the park – stated Honshu doesn’t seem to have misplaced any weight and appears to have “consumed quite a lot of peanuts” throughout his time within the wild.
After being caught, the monkey was returned to the park and checked over by specialists and can now be progressively reintroduced to his group.
David Field, chief government of RZSS, stated: “Honshu has been carefully monitored by our vets and keepers and is doing really well.
“He does not appear to have misplaced any weight and has apparently consumed numerous peanuts through the previous 5 days.
“He will now slowly be reintroduced to other sub-adult males within the group.
“We wish to say an enormous thanks to the local people for his or her endurance and cooperation all through the previous week, in addition to our wonderful employees on the park for his or her professionalism, endurance and diligence.”
After escaping on the weekend, Honshu was seen sitting on a backyard fence and taking nuts from a chicken feeder within the close by village of Kincraig.
Carl Nagle, who noticed the monkey on Sunday, instructed Sky News the animal disappeared into the bushes earlier than the keepers appeared.
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Local villagers had been urged to cover their out of doors meals waste bins and chicken feeders in an effort to encourage the monkey to go dwelling.
A drone was used within the search and specialists had been in a position to comply with Honshu for 45 minutes on Tuesday utilizing the gadget, although weren’t in a position to retrieve him that day.
The Japanese macaque, often known as the snow monkey, is essentially the most northerly dwelling non-human primate, in line with the RZSS.
The wildlife park homes a “large group” of the monkeys after efficiently breeding the species.