10/19/2010

Video: Escaped ape attacks squad car

The police captain says efforts to shoot the animal with a tranquilizer dart failed

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 300-pound chimpanzee that broke free from its chains has been captured after briefly wandering around a Kansas City neighborhood and smashing out the window of a police car.

Police Capt. Rich Lockhart tells The Kansas City Star the department got a call about noon Tuesday that a primate was on the loose a few miles from the Kansas City Zoo.

Lockhart says the ape was actually a pet that escaped from its chains. Lockhart says efforts to shoot the animal, named Sueko, with a tranquilizer dart failed.

The chimp climbed on a patrol car and struck the passenger-side window with its fist before running off.

Its owner was eventually able to coax it into a cage. Lockhart says the owner has been cited for having a dangerous animal within city limits.

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