Oregon sanctuary set to welcome escaped chimpanzee

Molly Waldron

Oregon sanctuary set to welcome escaped chimpanzee

CREATED Aug. 10, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Caretakers of a chimpanzee that escaped in a Las Vegas neighborhood last month are preparing to say goodbye to their beloved pet.

CJ, the chimpanzee that survived the escape, will soon be relocated to a sanctuary in Bend, Oregon.

Lesley Day, owner of the sanctuary, first met CJ two weeks ago. 

"I think she'll just fit in here great," Day said.

They'll be seeing a lot more of each other as soon as CJ makes the move. 

In July, CJ and another chimp, Buddy, escaped from their enclosure in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood. Buddy was shot and killed by a Metro officer. CJ was tranquilized by an Animal Control officer and returned to her enclosure.

The chimpanzees' owners decided it was time to find CJ a better place to live out the rest of her life. They found Chimps Inc. in Oregon, and hope it will be a perfect fit.

She'll be integrated into a group of seven other chimpanzees, which Day says is the best thing for captive chimpanzees.

"It will be so nice for her own family, and she won't have to rely on humans for affection or discipline or whatever it might be," Day said. "They more or less rely on each other and play with each other."

It costs about $1200 to $1400 a month to house each chimpanzee at the sanctuary. Chimps Inc. has set up a page to help fund CJ's care. Learn more by clicking here.