People flee Paris Zoo as baboons run wild

Baboons running wild around Paris sounds like it could be a good idea for plot of the next "Jumanji" movie, but it's actually happening.

The Paris Zoological Park said visitors have been evacauted from the popular attraction after members of its baboon population escaped from their enclosure.

Initially, approximately 50 baboons were reported to have escaped, according to The Guardian. They were congregating around the centerpiece of the zoo, known as the Grand Rocher, or "Big Rock." It's unclear whether the baboons were marking their territory or were simply checking out the rest of their digs.

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 - RC117A5CB5F0

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Recent reports have said that all but four of the baboons have been captured. 

Zoo spokesman Jerome Munier said all four have been located in a closed area. Zoo employees plan to use sedative arrows to capture them and put them back with the rest of the group of 50 baboons. 

Paris police intervened Friday to help secure and evacuate the zoo, which will remain temporarily closed until the end of the incident. Zoo officials cautioned that the public was evacuated because the creatures are "stronger than us."

Guinea baboons, which originate from West Africa, are classified as a "near threatened" species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Visitors can usually admire them around the "Big Rock" that towers over the Bois de Vincennes park, in eastern Paris.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.