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FILE PHOTO: Baboons preen each other at the Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris, France, October 23, 1995. Some fifty baboons escaped January 26, 2018 from their enclosure and most have been recaptured. Picture taken October 23, 1995. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon/File Photo

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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.

(Reporting By Brian Love; editing by John Irish)

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