Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Red-ruffed lemur contained by police after escaping from Colchester Zoo

14:18 06 May 2014

Lemur at Colchester Zoo

Lemur at Colchester Zoo

Archant

A lemur was spotted hopping about the street in Colchester on Sunday evening.

shares

The red-ruffed species, native to Madagascar, had escaped from Colchester Zoo and was spotted on the loose in Maldon Road, Stanway.

Two officers from Essex Police were called to the scene amid reports of a “monkey” at the side of the road. Police closed a section of the road while they contained the lemur and waited for zookeepers to come and pick it up again.

Staff from Colchester Zoo arrived about 20 minutes later and collected the animal.

Yesterday the zoo refused to comment on how the animal had broken free. Last November, five timber wolves escaped from Colchester Zoo through a damaged fence, three of which had to be shot dead.

When the red-ruffed lemur was found it was reported to be in the front garden of a house about half a mile from the zoo.

Police offered bananas to the wayward animal in order to lure towards them.

One onlooker was reported as saying, “The lemur was just hopping round the front garden, oblivious to all the interest and police activity.

“He certainly did not seem to be stressed and was enjoying his big adventure.

“He had been walking along the pavement next to the road and we joked that he looked like he was going to catch a bus into town.

“The keeper was certainly delighted when she had him safely in her arms - I think the banana must have done the trick.”

A spokesman for Essex Police added: “We were contacted by a motorist shortly before 8.30pm who reported that a monkey was on Maldon Road outside the zoo.

“Officers attended the scene and contained the lemur before zoo staff arrived and collected the animal 20 minutes later.

“A section of the road was closed during this time to keep the lemur safe.”

Red-ruffed lemurs are native to the rainforests on the island of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa. They live in small groups and are well-known for their distinctive raucous call.

shares

3 comments

  • Never mind the picture, how about the fact that a lemur is not a monkey.

    Report this comment

    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Lazy Journalism, the picture is a ring tailed lemur not a red ruffed lemur. It would have taken a couple of minutes to google a red ruffed but you probaly used a file picture you had of any old lemur hoping nobody would notice. Well so far 2 people have so get it right Ipswich star. How many other articles are factually incorrect I wonder.

    Report this comment

    royg

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • If it was a red-ruffed lemur then your picture is wrong.

    Report this comment

    On Two Wheels

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The scene at Uncle Sam's Great American Circus in Chantry Park after the incident

Two circus performers were rushed to hospital after a horror accident in front of a packed big top tent in Ipswich.

The numbers of deaths in Suffolk has been rising this year

The number of deaths in Suffolk has increased by nearly 30% in the first quarter of this year - with experts attributing it to the baby boomer generation reaching their later years.
Some funeral services said the increase had led to a delay in booking crematoriums with waits of up to three weeks.

The annual East Bergholt Pram Race starts from the Royal Oak and visits the villages pubs

Thrilled East Bergholt residents turned out in force on Monday to see daring fundraisers dress up in their best costumes and battle in the 35th annual Pram Race.

Anglo-Saxons are at the Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds to try a new beer which has been brewed for an upcoming event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. Back L-R: Dave Elliott, Nigel Simms, Alister Ryde with Demeter Stone (front).

Stunned beer festival-goers looked on in amazement as a group of Anglo-Saxon warriors invaded their pub.

Haverhill High Street

A vision for Haverhill town centre will move a step
nearer this week when it is presented to cabinet members at St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Dame Sarah Storey at Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club. Suffolk Golf and Spa Hotel, Fornham St Genevieve.

Six-times Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, has hailed the efforts of the businesses behind a sporting lunch club in Bury St Edmunds as “invaluable” in helping the development of talented athletes from Suffolk.

The LeeStock music festival at Melford Hall in Long Melford in memory of Lee Dunford. The Big Alabama on stage.

Hundreds of people have enjoyed live music this weekend at a popular festival in memory of a young musician.

The lifeboat was called to the incident

The coastguard was called to help a boat which had run aground in the River Deben earlier this evening.

Police were at the scene

The A120 in Little Bentley, Essex is closed heading westbound after a crash.

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been urged to fine irresponsible dog owners for not picking up after their pets

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been criticised after it was revealed neither has issued a fine for dog fouling over the last three years.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages