Swedish zoo forced to euthanize escaped chimpanzees

published on Thursday 15 December 2022 at 20.46.

A Swedish zoo was forced to put down three of its chimpanzees after they ran away from their enclosure, with the situation still out of control on Thursday, according to the zoo.

A fourth primate was injured by one of the shots, according to the company that runs Furuvik zoo, located just under 200 km north of Stockholm.

“A chimpanzee is considered a high-risk animal, if this kind of animal is found outside in the park, it becomes a danger to people’s lives,” said Annika Troselius, spokeswoman for the chimpanzee, to AFP. The Parks and Resorts group that owns the Zoo.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday (11:00 GMT), five of the seven chimpanzees at the zoo had left their enclosure for an as-yet-unknown reason and found themselves free in the park’s enclosure.

According to the zoo, falling asleep was not an option.

“To shoot a stunner, it is necessary to be very close to the animal. In addition, there is the need to wait up to ten minutes for the sleeping pill to take effect,” argued the establishment. , in light of the criticism over the handling of the incident.

By noon on Thursday, the four primates still alive were in the building dedicated to monkeys but had still not returned to their enclosure, Furuvik Zoo said on Facebook.

“This means that we cannot allow people to move inside the park and that we are always on high alert,” the establishment said in a statement.

Although closed for the season, park staff were present during the incident.

The latter adds to an unusual series of escapes from zoos in Sweden: at the end of October, a king cobra from the zoo in the famous Skansen Park in Stockholm had escaped from its vivarium and was only found at the end of a week.

A month later, two owls from the same zoo had escaped from their aviaries.

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