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Visitors are evacuated from the LA Zoo when two Chimps escape! September 2, 2009

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–Filmmakers For Animals–

LOS ANGELES ZOO IS EVACUATED AFTER TWO CHIMPS ESCAPE FROM THEIR TEMPORARY ENCLOSURE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1.

The chimps were removed from the dangerous fire zone, and taken to the LA Zoo for safe keeping, but apparently it wasn’t so safe at the LA Zoo, since the animals promptly escaped upon their arrival! One chimp roamed Griffith Park for an hour before being retrieved!

Zoo visitors were evacuated for their safety, since chimps can be extremely aggressive.

In August 2009, a group of “agitated” chimps at the LA Zoo cornered and killed a raccoon that “found its way into the chimpanzee exhibit”, which apparently is a violation of USDA code, (based upon a similar incident that happened at the Zoo in 2006).

In July 2006, a chimpanzee named Judeo, was killed when a rattlesnake also “found its way into the chimp exhibit” from Griffith Park. Judeo was bitten on the right hand and died from the incident.

The chimp exhibit has been praised for its extensive landscaping. But in this case, the USDA cited the zoo for “failure to restrict other animals from entering the non-human primate enclosures.” The Los Angeles Zoo paid a federal fine of several thousand dollars in the wake of a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation.

To my knowledge, the USDA has not yet investigated the recent raccoon incident or how that animal was able to penetrate the chimp exhibit.

Seems like animals are “breaking in” and “breaking out” of the Los Anegeles Zoo on a regular basis.

For Full Story, Associated Press:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jp-McbMh1bMnUZdzJ2zExnAOtLOwD9AES4201

FOR RELATED NEWS STORIES:

1. LA Zoo pays federal fine over animal deaths.

http://www.worldzootoday.com/2009/07/22/l-a-zoo-had-to-pay-federal-fine-over-animal-deaths/

2. Los Angeles Zoo Chimpanzees Escape Widlfire KGMB9

Two female chimpanzees that were evacuated from an animal sanctuary when
threatened by the wildfire escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo. …
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http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/20719/42/>

3. Mass evacuation of animals from Los Angeles inferno AFP


… near the frontline of the fire was the scene of an extensive evacuation
late Monday, with 21 of the sanctuary?s chimpanzees now at the Los Angeles
Zoo. …
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http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hhDyy0jGHc0508MlvTCYIOLEHBiw>

4. Los Angeles wildfires: exotic animals in ‘Noah’s Ark’ evacuation Telegraph.co.uk


… black bears and ostriches were being placed in cages and on to trucks
and moved from the Wildlife Waystation to the Los Angeles Zoo and other
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6123374/Los-Angeles-wildfires-exotic-animals-in-Noahs-Ark-evacuation.html>

5. California wildfires expected to blaze for another two weeks Telegraph.co.uk


… black bears and ostriches were placed in cages and on to horse trailers
and other heavy vehicles and moved to the Los Angeles Zoo and other
facilities. …
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6123273/California-wildfires-expected-to-blaze-for-another-two-weeks.html>

6. Fire near LA threatens animal sanctuary


The Desert Sun
Some of the evacuated animals were taken to the Los Angeles Zoo, Brown
said. Others went to multiple other locations, he said.
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http://www.mydesert.com/article/20090901/NEWS0803/90901008/1006/NEWS01/Fire-near-L.A.-threatens-animal-sanctuary>

7. LA Zoo member reports witnessing violent raccoon death in Zoo’s Chimpanzee exhibit during a member event.

http://princessscribe.blogspot.com/2009/08/open-letter-to-los-angeles-zoo.html

FOR RELATED BLOG STORIES:

1. 2 chimps evacuating from wildfire recaptured after escaping from …By Bureau News


LOS ANGELES — Two chimpanzees that were evacuated from an animal
sanctuary threatened by wildfire have been recaptured after they escaped
from their crates while being unloaded at the Los Angeles Zoo. Zoo
spokesman Jason Jacobs says the …
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http://blog.taragana.com/n/2-chimps-evacuating-from-wildfire-recaptured-after-escaping-from-temporary-shelter-at-la-zoo-156903/>

2. Chimps evacuating from LA fire tried to escape | San Francisco …
Two chimpanzees that were evacuated from an animal sanctuary threatened by
wildfire have been recaptured after they escaped from their crates while
being unloaded at the Los Angeles Zoo.
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http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/ap/56672072.html>

3. ohnotheydidnt: Tippi Hedren’s animal preserve threatened by fire …By applejane


Founder Martine Collette said the animals were being taken to the Los
Angeles Zoo and other facilities. Fire officials say the Shambala Preserve
should evacuate but acknowledge Hedren faces a challenge. …
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http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/38794359.html>
Oh No They Didn’t!
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4. From the Desk of Ed Boks: Wildlife Waystation being evacuated


By Ed Boks is the former General Manager of…
Collete says the animals are being taken to the Los Angeles Zoo and other
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of this …
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http://latopdog.blogspot.com/2009/09/wildlife-waystation-being-evacuated.html>

5. Chimpanzees Escape Widlfire | KGMB9 News Hawaii | (KGMB9)


By
webmaster@kgmb9.com
Two female chimpanzees that were evacuated from an animal sanctuary when
threatened by the wildfire escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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