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Chimp escapes Las Vegas backyard -- again

Posted: August 12, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2012 4:00 p.m.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The caretaker of a chimpanzee that got out of its enclosure and ran off into a Las Vegas neighborhood for the second time in about four weeks says the she thinks someone let the animal out of its cage this weekend.

Timmi De Rosa says the 13-year-old chimp, CJ, didn't get loose by bending steel bars without help.

De Rosa says the 180-pound animal got out Saturday, but was captured quickly and was never a threat to neighbors.

The chimp has been turned over to an animal entertainer for safekeeping before going to a sanctuary in Oregon.

On July 12, CJ and her mate Buddy broke free and roamed the neighborhood, pounding on vehicles and climbing in an unoccupied car. An officer shot and killed Buddy when the animal frightened bystanders.


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