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Chimpanzee Inmates Break Out of the Kansas City Zoo

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The Kansas City Zoo had to temporarily shut down its premises when seven chimpanzees masterminded an escape plan and put it into action.

Primates share ninety-eight percent of human DNA, and from what these escapees recently demonstrated, they are as creative as any prisoner who tries to break free from a state penitentiary.

Every morning workers at the Kansas City Zoo inspect the chimpanzees enclosure to make sure that their cells are secure and that there is nothing that they might use for a jailbreak. Apparently, this time the inspection was not enough to confine these highly intelligent and motivated inmates. The chimps had a plan in mind, and managed to outsmart their captors.

According to zoo director Randy Wisthoff, one of the chimpanzees yanked a six-foot-long branch off one of the trees, propped it up against the enclosure wall as a makeshift ladder, and climbed over it. Encouraged by their ringleader six more inmates quickly followed behind.

Fortunately for the zoo, but sadly for the chimps, the other side of the wall was used by staff and, therefore, was inaccessible to the outside world. Sometimes even the best laid plans run amok, but one thing is obvious, these chimpanzees were not happy living in captivity and desperately wanted their freedom.

DNA and creativity are not the only things that chimpanzees share with humans, as it seems they also have a sweet tooth. Workers at the zoo lured the gang back to their confines by enticing them with chocolate malt balls and fruit.

A life sentence for most human prisoners is around twenty-five years, but for an imprisoned chimpanzee there is no reduced sentence or chance of parole. Their quality of life is taken away from them, as life in captivity is no life at all.


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