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Metro releases 911 calls surrounding escaped chimps

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Updated: 8/03/2012 1:28 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- People in a panic, calling for help in their northwest Las Vegas neighborhood. That's what we hear in the 911 calls from the morning a pair of chimps escaped July 12.

The callers were frantic, to say the least, from the owner of the chimps who reported the animals got out, to a woman who came face to face with one of the creatures, they were all concerned about what potential harm the chimps, Buddy and C.J,, could bring to their neighbors and even themselves.

They are the pleas for help from the people on Rowland Avenue who called 911.

Their caretakers say the chimps broke the hinges off their enclosures, even taking a pad lock off.

One woman stayed on the phone with dispatchers as she watched the ordeal unfold from her SUV.

But then buddy the chimp got too close for comfort, confronting the woman in her unlocked Yukon.

The next 911 call came from a man who said officers needed to come armed.

But it was the owner of the two chimps, whose call for help was not just for the safety of the community, but her animals.

When asked if she could contain her animals, her response: “I can't get them. I can't grab them.”

That's when Metro went into action; gunshots taking the life of Buddy the chimp who bolted toward a neighborhood of homes.

His partner, C.J., whom caregivers say was like Buddy’s sister, was tranquilized, leaving one 911 caller on edge.


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