WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Baboons in Knowsley Safari Park in the UK were spotted “armed” with dangerous items, which caused damages to vehicles parked inside the location.
- The animal keepers at the safari park believe that some visitors supplied the animals with the dangerous items “for a laugh”.
- Park Officials rejected these accounts and believe that “the stories [about armed baboons] have grown in exaggeration”.
Baboons in Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside were seen “armed” with weapons. The animal keepers believe that some visitors supplied the animals with the dangerous items “for a laugh”. Also, there are probabilities that the animals picked up these items from toolboxes on the backs of parked vehicles.
The baboons carried an assortment of dangerous items, including blades, screwdrivers and even a chainsaw, which increased the damage caused to vehicles. The animals ripped off windscreen wipers and mirrors from parked vehicles, Sunday Times reported.
“We’re not sure if they are being given weapons by some of the guests who want to see them attack cars, or if they’re fishing them out of pickup trucks and vans,” one employee told the news outlet.
“They will literally go into people’s toolboxes and carry them around. One of the baboons was seen lugging around a chainsaw.”
The automobile repairs and mechanic shops located near the safari park consider the incidents good for business, with one mechanic that confirmed that “two customers this year who became victims of those baboons.”
“I’ve a mate with a garage in St. Helens and it’s exactly the same. The kids start chirping up saying they want monkeys all over the car, and the next thing you know, you’re driving home with no registration plate. Good money for us, mind you, so I’m not complaining,” he added.
On June 15, Knowsley Safari Park resumed operations with added security measures in compliance with guidelines for public safety, during coronavirus pandemic.
Knowsley Safari Park Officials rejected these accounts. “We believe many of these stories have grown in exaggeration as they’ve been retold, with embellishment to make the objects that are sometimes found in the enclosure seem more exciting and unbelievable,” the safari park spokesperson said.
Park officials maintain their position and contended that the safari park remains safe for visitors, comparable to fast food drive-through services since costumers remain inside their vehicles.
Source: New York Post