'Cha Cha' the Chimp Leads Police on Merry Dance After Dramatic Escape

PHOTO: Chacha, the male chimp, screams at a worker in Sendai, northern Japan, April 14, 2016 after fleeing from a zoo.PlayKyodo News via AP
WATCH Chimpanzee Escapes Zoo in Japan, Leads Police on 2-Hour Chase

A chimpanzee named Cha Cha escaped from a zoo in Sendai, Japan, and led police and zoo staff on a dramatic two-hour chase through a residential neighborhood, according to NHK, Japan's largest broadcaster.

PHOTO: Chacha, the male chimp, falls off an electric pole, after being hit by a sedative arrow in Sendai, northern Japan, April 14, 2016.Kyodo News via AP
Chacha, the male chimp, falls off an electric pole, after being hit by a sedative arrow in Sendai, northern Japan, April 14, 2016.

After the primate escaped from Yagiyama Zoological Park, he climbed a telephone pole and ran along the wire before he was finally shot with a tranquilizer gun, NHK reported.

Toshikatsu Ouchi, director of Yagiyama Zoological Park, apologized profusely for the inconvenience caused to local residents in a press conference.

An investigation has been launched by zoo officials, according to reports.

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