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WATCH: Troublemaking chimps make great escape at zoo

WATCH: Troublemaking Chimps Make Great Escape at KC Zoo

Some troublemaking chimpanzees at the Kansas City Zoo were up to no good Thursday. The "Today" show has more on their funny business.

'One of the chimps broke off a six-foot tree limb inside his enclosure and used it as a ladder to scale the wall. The ringleader then convinced six other chimps to join him, but only two came along for the great escape.'

Thankfully, those chimps didn't make it to any public areas, but WDAF tells us the atmosphere was tense as zoo officials scrambled to put the mischief-makers back in their exhibit.

'You don't know what a chimpanzee is goingto do, you don't know what any wild animal is going to do, especially with small children.'

'Zoo workers locked up all the visitors inside area buildings here at the zoo campus for about an hour as they herded up those loose chimps.'

Zookeepers found just the thing to lure the primates back to their exhibit: chocolate!

The zoo's director says malted milk balls made the perfect bait.

KCTV reports this is not the first time the zoo's animals have made a run for it. Two male gorillas escaped in February 2012 after the door to their exhibit was left open. Fortunately, the gorillas only made it to a nonpublic area. The year before that, a monkey escaped after someone forgot to secure the padlock on its cage.

The chimps will not be in their public enclosure Friday as zookeepers look for any other branches the clever primates could use to stir up trouble.

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idraconis April 12 2014 at 9:28 AM

Planet of The Apes. Oh no it's happening. What will we do. Wait, maybe they'll kill all the zombies. Never mind.

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S. Johnston idraconis April 12 2014 at 10:23 AM

LOL

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BOB April 12 2014 at 11:51 AM

Smarter than your avg. inmate. LMAO

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david3830 April 12 2014 at 10:14 AM

It would have been a fun video, but no they show 2 seconds of escape. Then more of that annoying female chatting. I am begginning to hate Aol and HUFF POST

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Sandra L-C April 12 2014 at 5:53 PM

WHO WANTS 2 BE ENCLOSED/ENSLAVED LIKE THAT WHEN THEY WERE DESIGNED 4 OPEN SPACES & FREEDOM. BESIDES, HUMANS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES WITH "INTELLIGENCE", LESS WITH "WISDOM".

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FIESTA & SIESTA Sandra L-C April 12 2014 at 7:51 PM

That is true - but it is also so very sad how the gorillas and chimps are slaughtered in the wild. As horrible as all the elephants who are killed for the ivory. Like Cleveland Amory's book was titled MAN KIND?

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Lori Paszek April 12 2014 at 6:05 PM

GO GO GO GO GO RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!

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Mimiahmadi April 12 2014 at 4:43 PM

Animals are a lot more clever than we give them credit. They should not be on display for our pleasure!!

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royjoneswolf62 Mimiahmadi April 12 2014 at 5:37 PM

At least they are smarter than the average Republican. They don't ever try to escape their cage.

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jiminey99 royjoneswolf62 April 12 2014 at 7:39 PM

Leave it to a moron to try and make this story political.

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ewatch23 royjoneswolf62 April 12 2014 at 7:58 PM

You got it all backwards, buddy. The average dem wants to be safely kept and fed and have their favorite tv program turned on for them, and let the humans do all the work cleaning up their mess.

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Ron April 12 2014 at 7:22 PM

Hmmmm ... why are so many monkeys trying to escape the Kansas City Zoo?

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navretrd5 April 12 2014 at 11:27 AM

WHO SAYS "DUMB ANIMALS ?

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FIESTA & SIESTA April 12 2014 at 7:43 PM

Looks like the chimps are a lot smarter than most people! Good to see a good and funny story for a change - so many horrible things happening right now.

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BOB April 12 2014 at 11:50 AM

Smarter than some people I know!!!!!

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