Malaysian monkeys take Maersk ride to Europe

Five monkeys make the journey.
Photo courtesy Maersk Line Social
Photo courtesy Maersk Line Social


 A group of monkeys that unexpectedly boarded a Maersk vessel in Malaysia have suddenly found themselves in the Netherlands.

The five monkeys were climbing on top of containers aboard the 15,500-teu Maersk Eugene when they were discovered by crew members a few days after departing the Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia bound for Rotterdam. By that time it was too late to return the stowaways back home.

Unsure what to do the vessel’s crew got in touch with the Copenhagen Zoo who helped identify the species and provided instructions on diet and how to catch the primates.

The monkeys were eventually caught held in a makeshift cage.

According to, upon arrival in Rotterdam, the monkeys were released to the Dutch monkey foundation, Stitching AAP.

Most Popular