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Chimp Saga Ends in Northwest Las Vegas Neighborhood

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Buddy and CJ when they were small. This photo was taken from video shot by 8 News NOW in 2002. Buddy and CJ when they were small. This photo was taken from video shot by 8 News NOW in 2002.

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police shot one chimpanzee and tranquilized another after the pair escaped from a northwest Las Vegas home causing some tense moments in the neighborhood.

Metro Police received a report shortly after 10 a.m. that two large chimpanzees were loose in a neighborhood near Ann Road and Jones Boulevard. Police say neighbors expressed their fear in the 9-1-1 calls. Metro asked residents to stay in their homes shut down traffic in the area.

"All of a sudden, this chimpanzee comes out to the street and ... the owner is saying, 'Come on Buddy, come on Buddy,'" neighbor Lisa Baldwin said. "He's trying to get him to come with him and he turned and started to follow him and then all of a sudden, he turned around and started going towards the cops."

Metro Police say the officer shot the male chimp because he was on the move and heading toward an area where a group of people, including children, had gathered to watch the event unfold. Police say the officer was concerned for the safety of the residents.

"I'd like you to recall the incident where the woman's face was removed by a chimpanzee," Metro officer Marcus Martin said. "I believe the officer made a great call in not allowing that animal to get into the residential area behind him."

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The second chimp, a female, was tranquilized and removed from the scene in an animal control vehicle.

PETA released a statement saying the escape of the two chimpanzees serves as a reminder of how dangerous it is for people to keep wild animals as pets.

"Many residents, including children, were at risk of being attacked, and although they were lucky, the same cannot be said for Buddy, the male chimpanzee who was shot and killed. Wild animals kept as pets always pay the price, whether they lose their lives like Buddy or are kept in backyard cages, basements, or garages, forced to lead barren lives that are devoid of anything that they would experience or enjoy naturally in the wild."

The chimps are owned by Chimps R Us. The business did have its required permit with Clark County and it was licensed by the U.S.D.A.

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Local, county and federal investigators are investigating the incident to learn out the chimpanzees were able to escape. 

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