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Chimp escapes zoo exhibit in Oklahoma

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The chimp was found in a dry moat
  • No one was injured

(CNN) -- A chimpanzee in an Oklahoma zoo escaped from his exhibit on Monday, but was coaxed back to safety with no reported injuries, said a zoo spokeswoman.

The male chimp was found in a dry moat, meant to separate the animals from the zoo's visitors. It was not immediately clear how he broke out of his habitat.

Video images from CNN affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City showed the animal walking alongside the steep wall of the moat, oblivious to the commotion he caused.

"We didn't want to have to dart him and create more undue stress, so the situation took a little longer. And now everyone is where they're supposed to be," said Tara Henson, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma City Zoo.