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Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Babylon, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Babylon

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    You cheeky monkeys: Safari park baboons ransack cars after learning to break into luggage boxes

    Last updated at 2:44 PM on 20th July 2009

    A group of tearaway baboons are wreaking havoc on a safari park after learning to crack open rooftop luggage boxes and escaping with visitors' goods.
    Keepers at Knowsley Safari Park have been forced to issue warnings after the opportunistic primates developed a taste for human possessions.

    The cheeky monkeys - who are known for tearing off the odd wiper or wing mirror - have been targeting cars carrying the roof boxes before pouncing on the unsuspecting visitors, who are forced to watch helplessly as their things disappear.

    Staff at Knowsley Safari Park demonstrate why visitors should not enter the baboon enclosure with roof boxes as the cheeky primates have learned to open them and run away with the goods
    Now bosses at the Merseyside park have slapped the artful animals with what they call 'Anti Social Baboon Orders' and have warned visitors not to travel through the infamous monkey jungle with luggage on their roof.

    With the holiday season in full swing, people are now being urged to watch the 140 baboons at play from the safety of the car-friendly route, around the outside of the baboon enclosure.

    Safari Park general manager, David Ross, said when the first luggage box was broken into, staff didn't really take much notice as they thought it was a one-off incident.
    But they soon realised they had a problem on their hands when visitors reported the pesky primates kept stealing their things.

    The baboons have discovered a knack for opening the luggage boxes, forcing staff to warn visitors against entering the enclosure with the roof-top devices
    'Their technique involves the largest baboons jumping up and down on the box, flexing it until the lock bursts open, then the rest of the baboons pile in to see what they can find,' Mr Ross said.

    'Obviously, we're well used to them helping themselves to the odd wing mirror or wiper blade, but this has taken things to a whole new level.

    'Let's face it, nobody wants to see a baboon running up a tree with their underwear.'

    But Mr Ross said some visitors continued to ignore the warnings and paid a high price, with staff forced to re-enact the scenario for park guests so they could see the effect for themselves.

    'Unfortunately though, we still get drivers who don't think it will happen to them and they decide to take a chance,' he said.

    The primates all scramble to get their paws on safari staff's possessions
    'That's why we recently staged a demonstration to show the reality of the risks drivers face.

    'The baboons were into the luggage box on our car within minutes and absolute mayhem ensued.

    'We will now be able to show photographs of this incident to visitors with cargo boxes who may be thinking of playing "Russian roulette" in the monkey jungle.'

    There are currently more than 140 baboons at Knowsley Safari Park and visitor surveys consistently show them to be the attraction's most popular exhibit.

    Nothing is safe from the cheeky monkeys who will take just about anything, including underwear