Kansas City chimp that escaped sent to zoo

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 7:10 a.m. CDT; updated 9:21 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 21, 2010

KANSAS CITY — A chimpanzee that ran wild through a Kansas City neighborhood will get a new home at the Kansas City Zoo.

The chimp, named Sueko, escaped from his owner Tuesday and ran through a south Kansas City neighborhood. It scared neighbors and pounded on cars before being tranquilized by animal control officers.

The zoo will not be a new experience for Sueko. The Kansas City Star reports that she lived there in 1995 but was returned to her owner after he threatened legal action and promised to keep her out of the city.

Zoo director, Randy Wisthoff, says Sueko will be quarantined for at least 30 days before being slowly introduced to the zoo's other chimps. He says assimilating the chimp will be a long and difficult process because she's been treated like a human for 21 years.



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