Monday, November 12, 2007

Ape Returns To Cancer Research Center After Escaping

escaped chimpA 160-pound chimpanzee that escaped from a cancer research center in Bastrop County has was found Friday.

The search started around 10 a.m. Friday at the Michael E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine & Research, which is located at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The facility is owned by the University of Texas.

The ape is believed to have been found on the north side of the campus.

A Bastrop County sheriff's deputy confirmed at 12:20 p.m. that they did find the 17-year-old chimp, named Jake.

The chimp escaped from one of the corrals on the inside of the research facility. There are eight corrals that hold about 150 chimps.

According to UT staff, more than one chimp escaped, but the others were caught right away.

People involved in the search surrounded the 381-acre campus.

Staff said the chimp didn't have any diseases and was involved in behavioral science research. He was considered dangerous, though, because he was undomesticated.

Story here.

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