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Chimps Escape Enclosure by Using Makeshift Ladder

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(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Kansas City, Mo. had the surprise of a lifetime when hundreds of people were locked in the Kansas City Zoo due to seven chimps breaking out of their enclosure.

The ‘ringleader’ chimp is basically the smartest monkey in the world, breaking off a piece of a tree and using it as a makeshift ladder to climb over the enclosure walls.  Soon, six chimps followed suit, climbing on the wall and scaling down the other side.

It all happened early afternoon on Thursday but by 5:45 p.m., the chimps were placed back in their homes with the “ladder” being removed from the cages.

“We go out and walk the exhibit every day, looking for things like that. They did that this morning, didn’t find anything,” said Randy Wisthoff, CEO and executive director of the Kansas City Zoo.  “Our problem becomes, chimps are so much stronger than humans that they can go up in a tree and pull on something long enough to pull a piece of log off, which is apparently what happened.”

Though 1,800 people were thought to be in the zoo that day, most had gone home leaving about 100 to 200 in the Africa exhibit.  The exhibit spans 100 acres.

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