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Honolulu Zoo chimpanzee escaped over damaged wall

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:42 a.m. HST, Jul 02, 2014

An investigation has found that a chimpanzee at the Honolulu Zoo escaped from the outer edge of the chimpanzee exhibit, which had a damaged wall, the zoo said in a news release on Wednesday.

The zoo is expediting repairs to the wall and modifications to the exhibit and hopes to reopen the exhibit in about a month.

Pu'iwa, a 14-year-old chimpanzee, escaped from the exhibit at the Honolulu Zoo on June 25 and was free for about an hour until he was subdued with a tranquilizer dart and returned to the exhibit.

A visitor saw the chimpanzee outside of the exhibit at about 4 p.m. on June 25. People in the zoo were ushered to a protected area until the chimpanzee was returned.

Pu'iwa is said to be recovering well, with his troop and all eight of the zoo's chimpanzees living in their sleeping quarters until the repairs are made, the news release said.

Zoo officials closed the chimpanzee exhibit while they investigated the escape.

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Mythman wrote:
Sloppy, no excuse.....
on July 2,2014 | 10:23AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The excuse is that Captain Kirk is twiddling his thumbs at Honolulu Hale, not realizing how his troops are doing on their jobs.
on July 2,2014 | 11:50AM
Big C wrote:
I guess the Zoo maintenance department must use the same procedure manual at OCCC. When damaged, wait till an escape before repairs are done. Pitiful....
on July 2,2014 | 11:19AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It's called a setup. Let's see if anyone is bold enough to try it, then we recapture, and add a few months to their sentences, for which the chimpanzee has room and board for life.
on July 2,2014 | 11:44AM
hawaii_laulau wrote:
I wish there was a way to rate the comments.. that was a good one!!
on July 2,2014 | 01:37PM
lee1957 wrote:
Close the zoo and air Animal Planet as a public service.
on July 2,2014 | 11:43AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Only difference is that the stench of the dodo will not permeate the airwaves, which is the only realistic part of the experience.
on July 2,2014 | 11:45AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Only difference is that the stench of the doodoo will not permeate the airwaves, which is the only realistic part of the experience.
on July 2,2014 | 11:46AM
HanabataDays wrote:
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall..." Yeah, chimpanzees for starters.
on July 2,2014 | 12:17PM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Smart chimp. Pu'iwa for governor!
on July 2,2014 | 12:38PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You got something there.
on July 2,2014 | 12:50PM
islandsun wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on July 2,2014 | 01:51PM
cojef wrote:
Resourceful, ain't saying who.
on July 2,2014 | 02:19PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Hold that thought for a second. Pu'iwa's escape may be in actuality a revolt--marking the beginning of a generation of enslaved apes who want to escape mankind's bondage. Keep tabs on Pu'iwa. Keep him under constant surveillance--for if he ever starts talking--Rise--or should I say--Dawn--of the Planet of the Apes!!!
on July 2,2014 | 07:23PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Engaging in monkey business.
on July 2,2014 | 02:11PM
cojef wrote:
on July 2,2014 | 02:19PM
lokela wrote:
That's why prisoners escape. It's in our genes. We evolved from primates.
on July 3,2014 | 06:21AM
cojef wrote:
Appears that the chimps have more brains than the Zoo administrators anticipated. Thus it indicates that administrators are brain dead for allowing the chimps in a damaged enclosure. The proof of the pudding are the end results, escaped chimp.
on July 3,2014 | 08:02AM
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