A MONKEY has broken loose from a zoo in the Highlands and has been spotted roaming about a Scots village.

Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie confirmed on Facebook that one of its Japanese macaques had escaped on Sunday morning.

Darren McGarry, head of living collections at RZSS said: "Our charity has set up a team who are working to secure the monkey safely and as quickly as possible.

"If members of the public encounter the macaque they should contact comms@rzss.org.uk with more information and do not approach it."

The monkey was spotted hanging onto garden fences according to the Kincraig Cares Facebook group. 

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland says on its website that 34 primates call the Highland Wildlife Park home.