7 Chimps Escape Zoo

Using a tree branch

Apr 11, 2014
Outside Magazine

Black Chimpanzee    Getty Images/iStockphoto

Seven chimpanzees made a break from the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday.  

The primates used a six-foot log to escape their enclosure. They couldn't resist zookeepers with treats, however, and were quickly lured back into the cage.

Apparently the great escape started when one chimpanzee broke off a tree branch and used it to scale a wall to the top of the pen. The leader then cajoled the other chimps to climb out with him.

They didn't get far. Zoo staff blocked all exits with cars and used primate cookies to capture the animals. The whole thing lasted about 90 minutes.

While some guests were kept inside exhibits during the "code red" situation, nobody was hurt—including the chimps.

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