Wednesday 7 December 2016

Chacha the chimp resists capture after escaping from zoo in Japan

Published 14/04/2016 | 14:06

Chacha was not keen to be rescued (Kyodo News via AP)
Chacha was not keen to be rescued (Kyodo News via AP)
Chacha the chimp climbed up an electricity mast in Sendai, northern Japan (Kyodo News via AP)

A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electricity mast.

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Male chimp Chacha was on the loose for nearly two hours after he disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai.

Chacha the chimp climbed up an electricity mast in Sendai, northern Japan (Kyodo News via AP)
Chacha the chimp climbed up an electricity mast in Sendai, northern Japan (Kyodo News via AP)

TV footage showed Chacha perched at the top of the mast, agitated and screaming at zoo workers below.

Even after being hit by a sedative arrow in the back, Chacha desperately tried to escape, dangling from a power line.

He finally gave up and fell down into a blanket held by a dozen workers on the ground.

Zoo officials are investigating how he escaped.

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