Chimp escapes zoo, swings from power lines

Chacha, the male chimp, was on the loose nearly two hours Thursday. (AP)

TOKYO (AP) — A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electric pole.

Chacha, the male chimp, falls off an electric pole, after being hit by a sedative arrow in Sendai, northern Japan, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The chimpanzee was the loose nearly two hours Thursday after it disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park(Kyodo News via AP)
Chacha, the male chimp, falls off an electric pole, after being hit by a sedative arrow in Sendai, northern Japan, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The chimpanzee was the loose nearly two hours Thursday after it disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park(Kyodo News via AP)

Not for long.

Chacha, the male chimp, was on the loose nearly two hours Thursday after it disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, the city that’s hosting finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations in May.

TV footage showed Chacha perched atop the pole, agitated and screaming at zoo workers below. Even after being hit by a sedative arrow in the back, Chacha desperately tried to escape, dangling from a power line.

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