Zookeepers foil chimp's escape

Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:22 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Keepers at the Oklahoma City Zoo said a chimpanzee that made it past an electric fence into a dry moat was coaxed back into his enclosure after about 2 hours.

Zoo Executive Director Dwight Scott said Mwami, a 22-year-old male chimpanzee, was chased up a tree Monday afternoon by his fellow chimps because he "probably was doing stuff in the group he shouldn't have been doing," KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City, reported Tuesday.

Scott said Mwami somehow made it past the chimpanzee enclosure's electric fence and into a dry moat surrounding the area. He said zookeepers used fire extinguishers and cotton candy to steer the chimp back toward the enclosure while emergency teams armed with tranquilizer darts observed.

The executive director said the chimp was back inside the exhibit about 2 hours after his escape. He said officials are planning the review the layout of the electric fence.

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