Dallas Zoo Chimp Sedated After Escape

Chimp never reached an area visited by the public

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 3:56 PM CDT
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Dallas Zoo Chimp Sedated After Escape

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A chimpanzee at the Dallas Zoo has been sedated after briefly escaping from her enclosure but staying in an area not open to the public.

Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey says police were summoned around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday by zoo officials who said a large adult female chimpanzee had gotten loose.

Authorities closed the Wilds of Africa exhibit and moved visitors elsewhere in the complex as zoo workers quickly reached the chimp, in a building, and tranquilized the animal.

Nobody was hurt.

The zoo's deputy director, Lynn Kramer, says the chimp is fine and officials are trying to determine how she escaped her enclosure.

In 2004, a male gorilla at the Dallas Zoo cleared a 14-foot wall and mauled three people. The animal was killed by police.

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