Hogs Run Riot After Zoo Escape

Hundreds of visitors shelter in monkey house

Caty Enders

Visitors to the Edinburgh Zoo on Monday were forced to take shelter in the monkey enclosure after a family of large red river hogs escaped their pen and had to be subdued with tranquilizer darts. Zoo staffers were transferring the two 200-pound adult hogs and two adolescent hogs to a private collection when one of the adults broke through a barrier and the rest of the clan followed suit. Staff were seen chasing the animals with brooms before finally shooting them with a tranquilizer gun. Zoo patrons took to Twitter to report the ordeal. “Back in hiding in the monkey house!” wrote Twitter user @mangotree_80. “Red riverhogs still causing chaos! Brief interlude into the pandas then herded back to the monkey house.” A spokesperson for the zoo said the staff was able to safely recapture the animals in a short amount of time.

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