It looks like the animal kingdom is in mutiny. After Inky went Finding Nemo style from its tank, a chimp has also gone rogue in Japan.
Too bad, Chacha's success lasted for only two hours.
The chimp's claim to freedom began at around 1:20 p.m. on April 14 when the staff from Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, found it missing from the cage, leaving four of its buddies behind.
A frantic search led the workers to a suburban area, specifically an electric pole, where the chimp was seen lounging and relaxing. However, once it started to see workers trying to get it down, it went on defensive mode.
Eventually, the workers had no choice but to use a tranquilizer and put the chimp to sleep temporarily.
The chimp tried to put up a fight, even almost attacking the person who fired the gun. It later thought of running away as it swung across power lines. But the sedative won over, and Chacha fell straight onto the open wide blanket held by workers on the ground.
Now, the chimp is back safely in the zoo in the company of more than 500 animals, said park spokesman Takashi Ito. However, the park vows an investigation and monitoring of its facilities, closing the park the whole day on April 15.
The escape remains one for the books since two of the park employees were slightly injured during the rescue.
Further, as if to defy physics logic, the park uses an electric fence, and the chimp was seen swinging on electric power lines, leaving some confused as to how it didn't get zapped to death. After all, it's not a bird.
Physics stack exchange provides a plausible explanation, or it could be that the wires are beautifully insulated or the chimp has let go at the right time — that is, before it could be fried.
The chimp may also be unforgettable for students whose school is just within the vicinity, although school officials think the animal is potentially dangerous.
"When I saw [the chimpanzee] on television, it was quite big, so we thought it was dangerous to let the children out," said Takashi Yamaguchi, its vice principal.
Watch the video below to see the daring rescue: