April 6th, 2008 02:53 AM
Police say chimp grabbed dart gun before being shot to death
Corpus Christi, TX | KRISTV.COM |Police say chimp grabbed dart gun before being shot to death
AUSTIN -- A 140-pound chimpanzee escaped from a research center by jumping more than 15 feet, snatched a tranquilizer dart gun from an animal worker and threatened police by flailing its arms before an officer shot and killed the animal last month, according to a new report.
Officials said the University of Texas police officer who shot Tony shouted he was going to shoot before firing at the 17-year-old chimpanzee.
Tony's escape and death were detailed in an internal report obtained by the Austin American-Statesman through an open-records request.
The chimpanzee escaped March 12 from his area at the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop. The center is managed by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Tony's escape was one of three at the center since November. Another 17-year-old chimp, Jake, got out of his enclosure in November and again this week but was quickly recaptured each time.
Tony got out by bounding 15 feet from a jungle gym and grabbing the top of a corral wall, according to the report. Tranquilizer darts failed to stop him.
According to the report, the police officer, who was not named, saw Tony jump into a truck bed and lunge at an attendant.
"The chimpanzee took the attendant's dart gun away from him and discarded it," the report said.
The chimp either fell off the truck or jumped from it when the truck sped up, according to the report. The officer said Tony started coming toward him.
"The chimpanzee started flailing its arms. The officer shouted at least twice that he was going to shoot," the report said. "In fear for his safety, the officer then fired several times, striking the chimpanzee."
The officer fell backward while firing his gun, but the chimpanzee kept coming toward him, the report said. The officer didn't know how many times he fired at the animal, according to the report, "because the threat was still coming at him."
The officer has since returned to duty, said Wendy Gottsegen, a spokeswoman for M.D. Anderson.
The center said it would tighten security.
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April 6th, 2008 09:30 AM
April 6th, 2008 10:28 AM
We have got to have some kind of gun control to keep guns out of the hands of chimps. Maybe they should have thrown him a .
April 6th, 2008 10:30 AM
I believe the correct term that should have been used is... "UNGAWA"
(It worked for everything in the movies...)
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April 6th, 2008 11:32 AM
Did you notice the intelligence level of the Chimp who disarmed the individual with the tranquilizer as compared to the officer who tried to initiate verbal communication with the Chimp? Great Scott!
April 6th, 2008 11:37 AM
The officer Yelled...........
"Tony! - Simba Matubie Bhwana - Pay-cee Pay-cee!"
but, the chimp failed to stop and had to be wasted.
The officer fell backward while firing his gun, but the chimpanzee kept coming toward him, the report said.
It must have been a .45 he was shooting. The recoil knocked him right off his feet.
April 6th, 2008 11:41 AM
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April 6th, 2008 09:05 PM
Everyone involved is lucky. Chimps will eat your face off and also have a tendency to castrate male humans. This happened to a guy that ran a rescue center a couple of years ago and tore him up something awful.
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