Freedom has been short-lived for two dozen apes that escaped from a zoo in Germany's southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg to enjoy the good weather, police say.
Tatzmania Wildlife Park employees managed to find the roughly two dozen escaped Barbary macaques, commonly known as Barbary apes, after several hours on the loose and returned them safely to their enclosure.
"The animals apparently had taken advantage of the good weather in the vicinity of the zoo, near the edge of a forest, and spent the afternoon there," a police statement said.
According to the statement, building works at the zoo could be the reason why the macaques found a way out of the compound.
At first, they were seen as a group roaming a neighbourhood of the town of Loeffingen.
Barbary macaques are reportedly not dangerous and rather shy, although police had warned people not to feed or try to capture them.
No one was reportedly injured or put in danger during the escape.
Australian Associated Press