Two chimps es­cape from Jos zoo

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

Res­i­dents of West of Mines in the cen­tral part of the Plateau State cap­i­tal, Jos, are ap­pre­hen­sive over the es­cape of two chim­panzees from a nearby zoo.

The two chimps - a male and a fe­male, es­caped con­fine­ment at the fed­eral gov­ern­ment owned Na­tional Mu­seum and Mon­u­ments, on Tues­day, Daily Trust learnt from res­i­dents yes­ter­day.

It was said that the fe­male was lured back into the cage on Tues­day, while the male, which name was given as Yel­low, out­smarted the zoo keep­ers. “We gave up chas­ing this ape after it got dark,” a zoo keeper who pleaded not to be named, told Daily Trust. “Yel­low is too smart; he kept trick­ing us, jump­ing from place to place, un­til it ended up on a tall tree far be­yond our reach.”

He said Yel­low kept jump­ing from tree to tree in a jun­gle-style swing that dragged over eight hours un­til the keep­ers de­ployed to lure him back got tired.

By yes­ter­day, res­i­dents who were alerted by the de­vel­op­ment went out on a search. “Res­i­dents were able to spot it far off from where we left it the night be­fore,” the zoo keeper said. “We joined them in the ban­ters, and had to in­vite men of the Fire Ser­vice to as­sist.”

By 3pm yes­ter­day when this re­port was be­ing done, Yel­low was still trick­ing both res­i­dents and zoo keep­ers, and the men of the Fire Ser­vice had just pulled out of the chase.

Zoo keep­ers said Yel­low’s swing into dis­tances may com­pel the man­age­ment of the zoo to in­vite the po­lice or sol­diers to shoot it and stop it from a pos­si­ble brush with res­i­dents. They said the zoo did not have tran­quil­izer and dart guns to de­mo­bi­lize the an­i­mal for easy cap­ture.

Jos has ex­pe­ri­ence with an­i­mals break­ing loose from con­fine­ment and caus­ing panic in the city. Only on De­cem­ber 2, 2015, a male lion broke out of a state-owned wildlife park, and caused panic, forc­ing the man­age­ment to kill it.

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