Monkeys break into luggage boxes

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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.

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.

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'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.

'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.

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Little bug***s. Look what they have done to the car as well. On the sun pages yesterday they had a video of the attack. I had to laugh seeing one baboon running off with a ball. Just as if he was looking for toys to play with.
Expensive day out methinks LOL

this was a set up to show what can happen- still funny though

ist day at the sales!!

a set up? sorry to be so cynical.

not a valuable car, nothing valuable taken out, bra is too white and clean as well.

I think it was probably set up as well but as a public information message. It will probably put some people off going to see how much damage they have caused.
I remember going to a safari park years ago. Was in the monkey enclosure and my nephew waved a banana at the window. Thought they were going to break the window to get it. Lost my windscreen wipers that day. LOL

blackpeppa;5816501

a set up? .



WoolyM;5816517

I think it was probably set up as well



what made you think that? the bit in the story that says it was a set up by staff? :thumbsup:

kungfu;5816519

what made you think that? the bit in the story that says it was a set up … what made you think that? the bit in the story that says it was a set up by staff? :thumbsup:



Didnt read that bit. But couldnt see a baboon using a camera

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I have no idea why people wanna go to a Safari park - at least in their own cars. I'd rather not have to put it back together again to be able to drive home.

BTW.... This was a set-up - if even says so, so I'm confused why other people are not getting that?

Setting up a scene where monkeys rip your car to shreds, not really making me wanna make a trip there.

Advertising boys at the Safari park need some focus readjustment as they say.

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I did make the bit that said it was staged bold so that people would notice it
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