Loose Chimp Shot in Vegas

Residents panic after pair of pet chimps escape
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2012 1:32 AM CDT
Loose Chimp Shot in Vegas
The tranquilized chimp is loaded into a vehicle.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A pair of chimps had an unlucky escape in Las Vegas yesterday. Police responding to calls from panicked residents shot a male chimp dead and tranquilized a female, CNN reports. The chimps, which had escaped from a home, had been banging on cars and damaging vehicles, police say. The male was shot as he aggressively approached a group of bystanders, some of them holding their children.

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Police say they treated the chimps with extreme caution, bearing in mind recent well-publicized chimp attacks on humans. "When you see the size of these animals, we think reasonable people would understand (to stay away)," a police spokesman tells the Las Vegas Sun. The surviving chimp was returned to her owners, who had a permit for the animals and will be keeping her in a more secure cage from now on. (Read more Las Vegas stories.)

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