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Dramatic video shows capture of chimpanzee on the loose in Japan

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WATCH ABOVE: Officials used a sedative in the dramatic capture of a chimpanzee that escaped a zoo park in northern Japan on Thursday – Apr 14, 2016

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

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.

Chacha, the male chimp, screams at a worker in Sendai, northern Japan on Thursday, April 14, 2016 after fleeing from a zoo. Kyodo News via AP

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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It’s not clear if the chimp was in danger of being electrocuted by the power lines.

He finally gave up and fell head down into a blanket held by a dozen workers on the ground.

It’s not immediately clear if he survived.

Zoo officials are investigating how he escaped.

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