Monday, 20 July 2009

Cheeky Monkey's!

I've just read this story in a newspaper and it made me laugh so much.. The thought of a monkey running off with my knickers!!! hahahahaha

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.

'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.


  1. Hi Tracey, thanks for coming over. Cheeky monkey, I've said that to kids but never to a real life monkey.

    Congratulations on still being here! Well done; I too am I a cancer survivor, there are a lot of us about, I had enough with just one sort, though, not being quite as greedy as you. Mine was endometrial cancer with all the usual doings and removings and treatments.

    I have a son living in Hull.

    Keep up the good work, hope to see lots more of you.

  2. That is unreal ... those little devils.