Chimp Escapes San Bernardino County Sanctuary

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - There's a chimp on the loose in San Bernardino County.

County animal control staff and volunteers were fanning out Saturday across a densely forested area near the town of Devore in search of Moe the chimpanzee.

A friend of Moe's owners says the chimp escaped Friday from his cage at an animal sanctuary near the town.

He says he thinks Moe may be lurking in a nearby part of the San
Bernardino National Forest.

Moe lived with his owners in their West Covina home until 1999, when the animal bit a police officer and a female visitor.

Owner St. James Davis was nearly killed in 2005 by two chimps who attacked him while visiting Moe at the Bakersfield sanctuary where the animal was living at the time.
Information from: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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