Zoo-keepers in Belfast are still on the hunt for a missing lion-tailed macaque.

INBV-LionTailedMacaque1It was among two primates that escaped from the city zoo earlier this week.

Fire crews and zoo staff, including a vet, located one of the macaques nearby but the other remains on the loose.

In a statement, Belfast Zoo said it was confident the missing macaque would be returned.

“There are continued sightings of the other macaque and staff are continuing to monitor the locations and track the movements of the animal.

“We are confident that the remaining macaque will soon be found and returned to the zoo.”

Staff have urged members of the public not to approach or attempt to catch the animal but to contact the zoo immediately.

An emergency hotline has been set up so sightings can be reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 028 9077 6277 or 077 9627 7413 out of normal working hours.

Six Things You Didn’t Know About The Lion-Tailed Macaque

1. Rainforest
The lion-tailed macaque is a rainforest dweller which spends a majority of its life in the upper canopy of tropical moist evergreen forests.

2. Not human friendly
Unlike other macaques, it avoids humans. It is a territorial animal, defending its area first with loud cries towards the invading troops.

3. Endangered
It is believed there are just 3000-3500 of these animals scattered over several areas in Kerala, India. The lion-tailed macaque ranks among the rarest and most threatened primates.

4. Lifespan
A lion-tailed macaque can live to 20 years in the wild and sometimes 30 or more
years in zoos.

5. Behaviour
These monkeys use 17 different vocal patterns to communicate. They also communicate with body language, such as yawning with a grimace to indicate dominance or a threat, and smacking their lips to greet one another.

6. Name
The scientific name for the lion-tailed macaque is also known as Macaca Silenus

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