They’re back! Escape-bid meerkats return to Leeds’ Tropical World

Meerkats at Tropical World launched a Great Escape-style bid last month.
Meerkats at Tropical World launched a Great Escape-style bid last month.
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The mischievous meerkats at Tropical World who were put into isolation after an audacious Great Escape-style breakout attempt are now back in their enclosure.

The popular creatures are now back in public view after staff at the Roundhay Park attraction completed the necessary repairs to the damage created in their escape bid.

As previously reported in the YEP, four members of the gang managed to tunnel their way out into a nearby section of cactus beds before they were spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public.

Bosses at Tropical World say they will now be keeping an extra close eye on the meerkats to ensure no more escape plans are being hatched.

Coun Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the meerkats to their permanent home at Tropical World today after the very interesting events recently that saw four of the gang tunnel their way out of the enclosure and into a nearby cactus bed several metres away!

“The meerkats are loved by visitors of all ages to Tropical World, and everyone has really missed them since repair work had to be undertaken on the enclosure which meant they were unable to be on public view. I would also like to offer, on a serious note, a big thank you to the Tropical World staff for their high quality care in ensuring any disruption to the meerkats was kept to an absolute minimum during the time they were away from their familiar surroundings.”