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Last Updated: Thursday June 22 2006 08:54 GMT

Monkeys steal England car flags

Baboon makes off with the England flag
Visitors to a safari park in Merseyside have been warned to remove England flags from their cars to stop gangs of baboons from snatching them.

The mischievous monkeys are known to steal windscreen wipers from cars but are now turning their attention to the brightly coloured red and white flags.

Knowsley Safari Park manager David Ross said the 120-strong family have now built up quite a collection.

"Visitors are certainly enjoying their antics with the flags," said Mr Ross.

He added: "Many people are wisely removing them before going on the safari drive.

"If they forget the baboons usually take them."

'Vandals'

The animals have even been spotted waving the flags in the monkey jungle area of the park.

"The baboons have always been great fun but they are the vandals of the animal world," said Mr Ross.



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