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Wily chimpanzee escapes in northwest Las Vegas again


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Male chimpanzee Buddy, left, was shot and killed July 12 in a northwest Las Vegas Valley neighborhood after escaping his enclosure at a private residence. His companion, 13-year-old C.J., also escaped but was captured and taken back to her owners.

CJ the chimp escapes again

KSNV coverage of CJ the chimp's second escape in a month in North Las Vegas, Aug. 11, 2012.


CJ the chimpanzee escaped from her enclosure at a northwest Las Vegas home for the second time in a month on Saturday, but this time Metro Police were ready, officials said.

Metro received a call around 4:50 p.m. from a neighbor near where CJ was being held, saying the chimp had broken out of her cage. Police set up a containment area, and then targeted the chimp, officials said.

North Las Vegas Animal Control provided tranquilizer darts, and Metro Police captured the chimp around 5:30 p.m. at the 5700 block of Rowland Avenue, officials said. The location was not far from the chimp’s cage, officials said.

Officials said Metro Police learned from their mistakes the last time CJ and her mate escaped, on July 12. The two chimps ran loose, banging on police car roofs and other people’s cars.

Eventually, Metro Police were forced to kill CJ’s mate when he got too close to people outside their homes watching the scene.

CJ was returned to her owners, who improved the enclosure, later that same day. Officials said this time CJ will be secured at the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, and will not be going back to her previous residence.

Officials said Clark County Animal Control is investigating the situation.

CORRECTION: The story has been updated to clarify the location of the incident and the name of the zoo. | (August 12, 2012)

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  1. She's clearly fed up with her living environment and trying to leave. But metro keeps taking her back. It's an abusive relationship pushed by the police.

  2. Ashley,

    You should read the article. The police did not take her back this time. She was taken to the North Las Vegas Zoo.

    The police are not "pushing" anything.

  3. I agree 100%. The chimps owner should be billed for every single man hour the police force expended capturing the animal.

  4. Vegaslee, grow a sense of humor. The original story didn't contain the relocation information, it was later updated after my comment.