(CNN) — A chimpanzee made a dash for freedom from a zoo in Japan, but his freedom was short lived. Two hours, to be exact.
ChaCha the cheeky chimp escaped from the Yagiyama Zoological Park on Thursday.
After a wild run all over a nearby residential area, screaming at his pursuers, he perched atop a telephone pole in Sendai, the zoo said.
But his freedom ended with a dart from a tranquilizer gun, sending him tumbling down the pole.
ChaCha, a male chimpanzee, screams at a worker in Sendai, Japan, on Thursday, April 14, after fleeing from a zoo.
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Two zoo employees suffered minor injuries during the scramble to capture him, said Takashi Ito, a zoo spokesman.
It's unclear how the primate fled from the zoo, which has an electric fence. An investigation is underway.
ChaCha is awake and recovering from the effects of sedation, Ito said. Thanks to his brief escapade, the zoo is closed Friday for an inspection of its facilities.
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