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Entire school banned from Chester Zoo for two years after pupils moon the monkey enclosure

28th June 2013

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Chester Zoo is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country, attracting 1.4million visitors every year. Top attractions include the elephant, lion and Realm of the Red Ape enclosures.

However, teenagers from Radclyffe School in Oldham were kicked out of  the zoo last week for giving visitors an eyeful - by mooning at the monkey enclosure.

A total of 300 GCSE pupils from year 10 were on the trip, but as a result of the monkey business of just a handful they all had to get on the buses and go home.

The school is now banned from trips to Chester Zoo until September 2015.

The zoo explained that 29 pupils were involved, but headmaster Hardial Hayer denied this claim, saying that only 24 children took part.

It is alleged that there was also food thrown and damage to property.

A spokesman for Chester Zoo said: "We have spoken and written to the head teacher and, due to the severity of the disruptive behaviour, regrettably we have had to take the step of banning the school from visiting until September 2015."

He added: 'We welcome schools to the zoo on the understanding that the students behave in such a way that does not cause problems for their fellow pupils, other visitors, the animals or staff. Fortunately incidents of this nature are extremely rare."


Mr Hayer said: "We always try and uphold very high standards of behaviour inside and outside school. If any fall below those standards, we have internal procedures. As far as we are concerned, we’ve dealt with the matter."

The news quickly spread to twitter, gaining reactions including: "Radclyffe School have apparently been banned from and by Chester Zoo because the students were pulling moonies at the animals, W0T hahahah."

We hope the monkeys were not too physically/mentally disturbed after the revelation of 29 (or 24) teenage backsides.

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