Chimp riot at zoo as seven monkeys escape after ‘figuring out how to open doors and outwit cops’

SEVEN sly monkeys escaped from their zoo enclosure after reportedly learning how to open doors and outwit police officers.

The animals sparked a massive police response after they fled their enclosure at Furuvik Zoo in Sweden.

Torsten, who was born at the zoo in 2019, was named as one of the dead chimpanzees

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Torsten, who was born at the zoo in 2019, was named as one of the dead chimpanzeesPhoto credit: Furuvik Zoo
Linda, who was shot, was born in Liberia in 1980 before moving to the park

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Linda, who was shot, was born in Liberia in 1980 before moving to the parkPhoto credit: Furuvik Zoo
Santino, who is known to have planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks at zoo visitors, is feared dead

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Santino, who is known to have planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks at zoo visitors, is feared deadPhoto credit: Furuvik Zoo
A barrier near the main entrance of Furuvik Zoo

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A barrier near the main entrance of Furuvik ZooPhoto credit: AFP

According to Dagens Nyheter, seven shooters were called in, as well as a large number of police officers and several drones.

The monkeys reportedly figured out how to open the doors of their enclosure and anticipated the bulls’ movements.

Three chimpanzees were shot dead while a fourth was injured.

The zoo told Swedish media that the animals had to be killed because there weren’t enough sedatives for everyone.

“Unfortunately, when a chimpanzee roams free in the park, you have to shoot to kill it,” the zoo said.

With the help of drones, the zoo said it could see three chimpanzees roaming around – but one was spotted lying on the ground and feared dead.

On Friday morning, zookeepers were able to enter the building and provide the remaining chimpanzees “with heat from a heater, food and hot drinks, and assess their health.”

According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, staff gave the three chimpanzees – Maria Magdalena, Tjobbe and Selma – a cup of hot cocoa and food.

“We will give them heat with heaters, we will give them food and hot drinks,” said zoo spokeswoman Annika Troselius.

“They like hot chocolate, so that’s what they’re going to get.”

But officials said the wounded monkey was not given medical attention because no one could safely enter the building.

“Unfortunately, we were able to see that the chimpanzee that was lying down earlier is still lying,” the zoo said.

“We haven’t gotten close enough to the vets to assess the damage yet, but a chimp staying down for so long doesn’t bode well.”

And officials warned: “Until these chimpanzees are secured in the enclosure, we are still on full alert and it’s still a serious situation.”

The zoo confirmed it shot dead three of its seven chimpanzees after they fled their enclosure on Wednesday.

Two of the dead monkeys were named as Linda and Torsten on Friday, while the third has not been identified and a fourth has not been confirmed dead.

“Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate or confirm the identities of the chimpanzees that remain in the chimpanzee house, where one has been confirmed deceased,” the zoo said.

“But that means, unfortunately, these two chimpanzees are Santino and Manda.

“It is an immense sadness that we are all feeling right now.

“These chimpanzees are loved very much and what happened is terrible.”

Torsten was born at the zoo in January 2019 while Linda was born in Liberia in 1980 before moving to the park.

Zoo keeper Ing-Marie Persson said Linda is an amazing chimpanzee who has “adopted other children”.

Santino, born in 1978, has been at the park since he was four.

Santino famously planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors in 2009.

Zookeepers had noticed that he was busy hoarding ammunition – collecting rocks and turning chunks of concrete into discs.

He only made the cairns on the part of his island that faced the crowds.

The zoo said it “takes full responsibility for the tragic situation.”

“We do not currently know exactly how it happened when the chimpanzees came out, but we take the incident very seriously and will conduct a full investigation and take all necessary measures to ensure something like this cannot happen again,” it said .

“This is an extremely tragic situation for everyone involved, both animals and humans.

“Our thoughts are with all employees, our animals and everyone who cares for our animals. The sadness is extremely great.”

While the animals still roam free, the zoo has been put on lockdown and closed to visitors.

The chimps’ escape follows several other high-profile escape attempts in Sweden.

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In late October, a king cobra snuck out of Stockholm’s Skansen Open Air Museum and Animal Park and went missing for about a week before returning on its own.

A month later, two great gray owls escaped from the aviary at the same zoo, but have since flown back.

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