Two chimps escape from Jos zoo
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.