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Zoo closed after chimpanzees got into wrong building

Twycross Zoo was closed to the public after "some chimpanzees" got into an area where they should not have been.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said: "A call came in at 9.35am from the zoo to let us know that some chimpanzees, that were in the process of being moved from one building to another.

"In the process of this they have perhaps gone into an area of that building that they shouldn't have been in.

"They don't appear to have actually physically escaped. As a precaution, we've been called by the zoo."

The spokeswoman said they stopped people going into the park for a "short time", and added that there was no danger to anyone in the park and no animals were on the loose.

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Thousands turn out for Twycross Zoo birthday party

Thousands of people have flocked to Twycross Zoo for a family fun day in honour of its 50th anniversary.

Twycross Zoo is holding a celebration today for its 50th anniversary
Twycross Zoo is holding a celebration today for its 50th anniversary Credit: Twycross Zoo

The Summer Sundown Party, which is being held today and tomorrow, features live music, local traders in a vintage craft market and a 1960s themed school sports day.

Twycross Zoo celebrates 50th anniversary

Twycross Zoo is open until 9pm today as part of the celebrations
Twycross Zoo is open until 9pm today as part of the celebrations Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Twycross Zoo is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend with their Summer Sundown Party. The two day event will include music from the Midlands, local traders in a vintage craft market and a 1960s themed school sports day.

The two day event will include music and local traders
The two day event will include music and local traders Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director, said: "On May 26th we entered into our 50th year and it seems only fitting that we mark this golden milestone with a summer celebration which will kick-start a year-long calendar of special events at the Zoo.

Twycross Zoo's 50th anniversary was in May
Twycross Zoo's 50th anniversary was in May Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Louis the chimp's companion sits alone at Twycross

Dr Charlotte Macdonald, curator at Twycross Zoo said Louis' the chimp's long-time companion Choppers is "doing well" since his death.

Sign reads: Hello my name is Louis Credit: ITV News Central

She said Choppers "will be monitored closely" over the next few of weeks by the animal team, and introduced to other chimps in the near future.

Louis the chimp's home sits empty Credit: ITV News Central

Dr Macdonald said: "Although gone, Louis will never be forgotten; he will always be a member of our Twycross Zoo chimp family."

Choppers the chimp, Louis' companion now sits alone at Twycross Zoo Credit: ITV News Central

Louis was the star of the PG Tips adverts, even appearing as 007 in one of the ads.

Read: PG Tips chimp Louis starred as 007 in TV advert

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