Police say the animals tend to be harmless and shy, but that people should not attempt to capture them or approach them otherwise, lest they provoke them. The primates were spotted roaming the area in a pack, but zoo employees were unable to recapture them and eventually lost track of them.
The Barbary macaque is native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and has a small but famous presence across the water in Europe in the British territory of Gibraltar. It was not entirely clear how they got away, but constriction work at the zoo might have been a factor, police said.
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