Gibbon called Darwin sparks panic after escaping from its enclosure at Leicestershire zoo

Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO for Twycross  said: "As a precaution, and as part of our standard procedure, we temporarily closed the zoo this morning due to one of our gibbons being in an area he shouldn't be in.

"Our animal team were in control of the situation at all times and at no time were any visitors, animals or team members in any danger.

"The zoo reopened within 20 minutes and we are now back to normal operation with our guests continuing to enjoy the sunny bank holiday weekend with us."

Twycross has the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World.

MattSuff77 said on Twitter: “Currently at @TwycrossZoo and we are on lock down due an escaped siamang! I’m currently locked in the lorikeets enclosure.”

One visitor revealed: “We just arrived at the zoo and about to go in when we were all told to get into the restaurant for health and safety reasons.

“It had only just opened but they called people back. Doors leading into the zoo have been closed and everyone is in the Himalaya Centre.”

Visitors at the zoo said the gates to the attraction were closed 20 minutes after opening.

Siamang are larger than their gibbon relatives. They have long black fur and adults have a throat sac that is used to call over long distances.

They also have long arms that they use to hang from branches and swing through trees.


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