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Chimp flees Sendai zoo; caught after falling from power pole

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On NHK news, it looked like he hit his body on something protruding from the pole as he fell and with force enough to make him spin in the air. So it seemed to be far from a happy ending. It would have been nice to know his condition after what looked like a rather bungled capture.

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no matter how you paint it a Zoo is a prison

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His poor head hit the ground. This monkey will be lucky if it lives.

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That's the 2nd animal to escape within one month, with one death (zebra) and now this chimpanzee hurt, either they need to up the security or better educate the people trying to re-capture the animal how to do it more gently.

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He finally gave up and fell head down into a blanket held by a dozen workers on the ground.

He gave up ? Hard to believe the poor animal decided to jump and fell head down by himself, just a normal ending of the situation because of the sedative arrow, what else did they expect ?

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Chacha knows what it feels like to be a salaryman

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Video can be found here: http://nyti.ms/23yD7XQ

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Thanks for the vid tes, hadn't seen it. Its terrible. Again am no animal expert but trying to tranquilize a monkey who's on an electric pole can only end with the said chimp falling. Five 10yo kids would have held this blanket more firmly than those guys, seriously what were they doing!

If you shoot an animal near water (zebra) or 10m from the ground (chimp) at least make sure you are present AND ready to rescue them when they lose consciousness. Cringe-worthy vid.

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Chacha is the nail that sticks out.

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Poor thing. He must have been so unhappy.

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For those "training" videos they do they certainly don't know how to do it in real life, that blanket didn't stop anything.

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At least it didn't end like the zebra incident.

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I've never seen anything like this before. Here is a better version of the video footage of the authorities shooting the chimp down from the phone pole (2' 30"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5-Fy4ULdPg

These could easily have been same jokers who caused the zebra to panic and die recently. Poor judgement aside, rescue workers in Japan really need training in how to remain calm, cool and collected during crisis situations.

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Video can be found here: http://nyti.ms/23yD7XQ

Thanks for the video. It looks like the chimp grabbed an exposed wire and then got shocked or electrocuted. He managed to catch himself, but maybe the tranquilizer kicked in and knocked him out, allowing him to lose his grip and fall, hitting another wire and falling violently on the ground.

Dang... I hope that moment of freedom for the chimp was worth it. Zoos must be terrible places to live.

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Yeah, seeing it again, it certainly doesn't look good; it doesn't look like they caught him at all. Yet, it was presented on NHK news as some kind of success story in which all turned out for the best. I wonder how many people thought like me; that it looked like it was a bit of a botch. I'd really like to know how the victim is.

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Wow! This is a very lucky ending and not just for th chimp. It's so lucky that nobody was injured by this ape. I remember the pet chimp that escaped a house in the US few years ago and it actually ripped a guy's face off and bit off a couple of his fingers. Obviously, this zoo needs to review its safety procedures.

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Poor Chacha.

I'm sure I read somewhere that it's a very, very bad idea to shoot a tranquilliser dart at an animal like a monkey or an ape that has a tendency to climb to escape danger. And in this case he was already high up on the telegraph pole.

It doesn't look from the video like the net did much to break poor Chacha's fall. I hope he's OK.

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Watching the link that Sensato provided, it's quite clear that the chimp received a powerful electric shock, it touched something, and its body went rigid for a second, then it fell.

The sheet they caught it on, was practically on the ground, couldn't they have held it up a bit higher?

Bungled attempt at rescue, poor Chacha.

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Poor thing, hope he can pull through but that was quite a bang to the head after a very possible electric shock. Gumbutee Chacha!

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What I am not hearing about is that the monkey was electrocuted before he fell. There will be some bad damage to it. Also the head hitting the ground. This monkey is probably dead or going to die. If it does make it, it will have major issue's. Why did they not cut the power when he was up there. Make the Japanese look like there is no common sense

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ok, so you're walking around in your house (climbing trees, in the Nature) when people start shooting at you, all out in force to arrest you and put you in the jail, life in prison. what was the poor chimpanzee's crime?

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Sensato: "These could easily have been same jokers who caused the zebra to panic and die recently. Poor judgement aside, rescue workers in Japan really need training in how to remain calm, cool and collected during crisis situations."

What??? But every year they have those drills (they likely drill for before showing the press) where the guy dresses up and they catch him no problem! How could this be?

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Most people don't realize that grown male chimpanzees are very strong and more dangerous than gorillas. They are known to attack humans and will maul you if you get too close. The guy in the bucket was lucky that Chacha didn't leap on him and bite his face off. I assume those spectators on the ground didn't understand they were around a such a dangerous animal. They are lovable and cute when they are young, but dealing with an adult chimpanzee is a whole different situation.

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Usually I am with the escapee from the zoo prison, but this was a male chimp -- you really do not want that sort of animal on the loose. Good thing they caught him.

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It's amazing to see how the chimp was smart enough to realise that it was the people in the basket who shot him and how he came toward them to get his revenge, just like any angry person would do. It really shows how similar we are. I hope this zoo (and all others) get shut down.

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Yuk. Close down these zoos.

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Amazing video. Thanks

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ok, so you're walking around in your house (climbing trees, in the Nature) when people start shooting at you, all out in force to arrest you and put you in the jail, life in prison. what was the poor chimpanzee's crime?

That's all very sentimental and touching.

A chimpanzee on the loose is a threat to human life. This is a 24 year old male, which ticks two key danger boxes. Mature chimps are far more likely to attack. Once an attack starts, they are practically impossible to subdue. The normal (and appropriate) solution is to kill them in order to save a human life, but they don't go down at all easy. They'll carry on attacking while they're still alive and conscious.

There have been a few widely reported maulings of Americans in recent years. In this account, the director of the South African park whose chimpanzees were involved in an attack made it clear that one of them continued to attack while being being repeatedly shocked by an electric fence.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/director-park-oberle-mauled-chimps-victims/story?id=16815354

This gives a decent overview of what chimpanzees are capable of.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-would-a-chimpanzee-at/

Standout quote: "They can show tremendous mutilation. They go for the face; they go for the hands and feet; they go for the testicles."

Anyone knowing that, and the actual result of some attacks, would think twice about hopping into a cherrypicker basket and approaching within jumping distance.

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Just a wee point that chimpanzee are not monkeys they are apes.

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What's so pitiful is that the chimpanzee, an intelligent animal, understands the fact of captivity, but in the wild (even in the proper region) because of years of captivity wouldn't be able to actually survive. Kind of like many humans.

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Is it just me, or is 'chimp' just an inherently funny word?

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Good luck to that primate. He is a mean SOB and if the guy with the sedative dart gun had been any closer, his face would have been chewed off. The three phase power (for those of you that don't know electrical power) the three power lines on the top of the power pole carry what is called three phases of power to run equipment that requires three phase power unlike home appliances that use single phase with a ground like your rice cooker that has two flat prongs and a rounded ground wire. So long story short, they must have shut down the power in that area because if you grip at least two of the three thick electrical lines or their connections you will be electrocuted. If you don't believe me try it.

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Anyone knowing that, and the actual result of some attacks, would think twice about hopping into a cherrypicker basket and approaching within jumping distance.

@wipeout

My thoughts exactly. That man in the cherry picker basket is extremely fortunate to be alive. He came within inches of the chimp jumping into it. That would certainly have made for grisly evening news footage.

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