Baboons go on the run after jumping Paris zoo enclosure

PARIS (Reuters) - Several baboons escaped from their enclosure at a zoo in Paris on Friday, prompting evacuation of the premises while police hunted for the missing monkeys.

The alarm was raised when an employee bumped into one of the baboons in a corridor, the zoo said in a statement.

Zookeepers backed up by police went hunting for four baboons on the run in a zone near their enclosure but none of the monkeys had roamed into public areas, which were in any case evacuated, the statement said.

"A recapture procedure was immediately launched," it said.

Paris last experienced an animal-on-the-loose alert when a tiger briefly roamed the city after escaping from a circus cage last November. The animal was shot dead.

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A Guinean Baboon is seen at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris April 8, 2014. Inaugurated in 1934, the Paris Zoo will reopen for the public on April 12, 2014 after being closed for four-years for renovation, transforming the zoo with new quarters for animals and greater information for visitors about the animals and their environment. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)
A Capybara is pictured at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation works. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Two of three lion cubs are seen making their first public appearance in their enclosure at Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris, France, June 26, 2015. The lion cubs Atlas, Kibo and Shani were born on April 22, 2015 to parents Aswad, the lioness, and the lion Nero. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Paris zoo veterinarian dives next to Herbert, a 6 year-old, 430 kilos (950 pounds) manatee, in his aquarium at Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris, France, June 15, 2015. Herbert was driven by truck from Nuremberg zoo in Germany to Paris zoo. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
A veterinarian oscults a two-week old penguin at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes east of Paris, France, May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
A lioness, Aswad, is seen in her enclosure at Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris, France, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A zoo veterinarian feeds giraffes at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. A "behind-the-scenes" visit, with medical training and feeding of the animals, will be part of special presentations to the public as part of a month of celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-opening of the park in April. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Lionesses rest in their pen at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. A "behind-the-scenes" visit, with medical training and feeding of the animals, will be part of special presentations to the public as part of a month of celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-opening of the park in April. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Giraffes are seen inside their shelter at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris March 26, 2015. A "behind-the-scenes" visit, with medical training and feeding of the animals, will be part of special presentations to the public as part of a month of celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-opening of the park in April. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Parrots are seen in a bird-cage at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris April 8, 2014. Inaugurated in 1934, the Paris Zoo will reopen for the public on April 12, 2014 after being closed for four-years for renovation, transforming the zoo with new quarters for animals and greater information for visitors about the animals and their environment. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)
Vultures are seen in a bird-cage at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris April 8, 2014. Inaugurated in 1934, the Paris Zoo will reopen for the public on April 12, 2014 after being closed for four-years for renovation, transforming the zoo with new quarters for animals and greater information for visitors about the animals and their environment. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)
Giraffes feed inside their cage at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris December 20, 2013. The giraffes, one male and sixteen females, remained at the zoo during the period of renovation. Inaugurated in 1934, the Paris Zoo will reopen in April 2014 after being closed for four-years for renovation, transforming the zoo with new quarters for animals and greater information for visitors about the animals and their environment. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY ANIMALS)
A photo taken on August 10, 2015 shows a panther chameleon at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris . The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation work . AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A black vulture is pictured at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation works. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Tapir is pictured at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation works. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Roseate spoonbills (platalea ajaja) are pictured at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation works. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on August 10, 2015 shows a Hyacinth macaw in the tropical greenhouse at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation works. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ostriches are pictured at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation works. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on August 10, 2015 shows giraffes below the Great Rock (Grand Rocher) at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris . The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation work . AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on August 10, 2015 shows an 8-month-old Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman being weighed by a caretaker at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation work. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on August 10, 2015 shows an aerial view of the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris . The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation work. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
A young boy watches a Humboldt penguin swim in its enclosure at the Paris Zoological Park (parc zoologique de Paris), formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, in Paris on August 10, 2015. The zoo reopened to the public on April 12, after 6 years of renovation work. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting By Brian Love; editing by John Irish)

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