Chimp escapes Las Vegas backyard — again

Posted Aug. 12, 2012, at 9:05 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — A chimpanzee who rampaged through a Las Vegas neighborhood last month made a second escape from her backyard enclosure this weekend, but her caretaker thinks she had human help this time.

Timmi De Rosa says the 13-year-old chimp, CJ, didn’t get loose Saturday by bending steel bars without help. She thinks someone let CJ out of her cage. De Rosa says the 180-pound animal was captured quickly and was never a threat to neighbors.

The chimp was turned over to an animal entertainer for safekeeping before going to a sanctuary in Oregon.

On July 12, CJ and her mate Buddy broke free and roamed the neighborhood, pounding on vehicles and climbing in an unoccupied car. An officer shot and killed Buddy when the animal frightened bystanders.

Buddy was the more aggressive male companion and “worked 24/7 trying to break out” of his enclosure — he finally busted through a pair of double gates, De Rosa said.

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