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BREAKING: Paris zoo evacuated after baboons escape enclosure

A picture of the baboons from the Paris zoo, taken in 2015. Photo: AFP

The Paris Zoological Park was closed on Friday after baboons managed to escape their enclosure.

It remains unclear as yet how the baboons managed to get out of their enclosure, but the zoo reacted by closing its doors to the public.

Initial reports suggested 50 had escaped, although a zoo spokesperson told The Local it was only four that had got out.

Police are at the scene, reported Le Parisien newspaper.

Tweets from the scene show police officers surrounding the zoo. They've reportedly closed off nearby roads.

PARIS : 50 babouins se sont échappés de leur enclos du zoo de Vincennes, provoquant l’évacuation du parc animalier. Pompiers et policiers fortement armés sur place. pic.twitter.com/ZMyGSV5B2S

— Infos Françaises (@InfosFrancaises) January 26, 2018

The paper reported that the baboons were mostly congregating around the big rock at the centre of the zoo. It remains unclear if any of the baboons managed to escape the zoo.

The zoo, often referred to as the Vincennes Zoo, is located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes on the south eastern edge of Paris.

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