Chimp leads great escape at zoo, takes 1st step toward Planet of the Apes

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Apr 14, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT (Updated)

It’s all fun and games when we’re battling our ape overlords on the big screen, but it hits a little closer to home when the primates start outsmarting zoo employees.

Not content to spend his day hanging out in his habitat at the Kansas City Zoo, one ingenious chimp broke off a 6-foot tree limb and repurposed it as a ladder, which he used to climb up to the wall of his habitat. But in classic Caesar fashion, he then enticed six other chimps to follow him out.

Thankfully, we lowly humans still have the advantage when it comes to vehicles and numbers, and the rogue monkeys were quickly surrounded. The zoo staff then used treats (no, not bananas, you speciesist) such as dog biscuits, carrots, celery and lettuce to lure them back into the habitat.

Crisis averted. Let’s just be glad these little escape artists didn’t run across any guns or horses.

(Via CBS News)

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