VIDEO: Chimpanzee Escapes from Japan Zoo, Shot down with Dart

Fri Apr 15, 2016 15:51:02

The dramatic capture of a male chimpanzee that escaped from a zoo in northern Japan was witnessed by many on Thursday (April 14), as dozens of workers and animal experts gathered to primate swinging on power lines.

Chacha, a 24-year-old male chimpanzee was declared missing from the Yagiyama Zoological Park early on Thursday after locals reported to authorities that a primate was roaming their neighborhood. In order to capture Chacha, a veterinarian was lifted up in a cherry picker to shoot him using a tranquiliser gun.

The shot was successful, but Chacha tried to strike back by rushing towards the veterinarian along the electricity lines. He later swung to another electricity pole, from which the 155-centimeter (5.1 feet) tall and 55-kilogramme (121 pound) chimp fell after the tranquiliser appeared to take effect.

Workers gathered below with nets and sheets, but narrowly missed Chacha as he crashed to the ground. Despite the seemingly painful fall, local media reported that Chacha has made a full recovery, Reuters reported.

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