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County: Escaped chimpanzees' owners had proper permits

County: Escaped chimpanzees' owners had proper permits

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Jul 12, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A spokesperson for Clark County said the owners of the two chimpanzees who escaped Thursday had proper permits to own the animals.

The owners kept the chimpanzees at their property in the 5700 block of Rowland Avenue, near Jones and Ann in the northwest part of Las Vegas.

That property was one of 27 in Clark County that are approved for exotic animals, a county official said. 

A caller reported to 911 just after 10 a.m. that two chimpanzees were loose in the neighborhood.

Authorities caught up to the chimpanzees about an hour later.

The male chimpanzee was fatally shot by a Las Vegas Metro Police officer.

The female chimpanzee was hit with two doses of tranquilizer by an animal control officer. She was then returned to her owners.

Investigators are working to determine how the chimpanzees were able to escape.