Escaped chimpanzee heading for Oregon sanctuary this week
CJ the chimpanzee is heading for an Oregon sanctuary this week after escaping a second time.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – The chimpanzee that made a second escape in a Las Vegas neighborhood on Saturday evening will be heading to an Oregon sanctuary earlier than originally planned.
Clark County officials say CJ the chimpanzee's relocation to the sanctuary will be expedited after the primate got loose in a Las Vegas neighborhood for the second time in a month.
A manager from Chimps, Inc. in Bend, Oregon headed to Las Vegas on Monday morning to finalize the details on transporting CJ to her new home.
CJ and her companion, Buddy, escaped the first time on July 12 in the area of Ann and Jones. Buddy was fatally shot by police when he approached a crowd of onlookers. CJ was shot by an onlooker and returned to her enclosure.
Since then, CJ's owner made the decision to send her pet to Oregon where she could live out her life under better circumstances.
That relocation was planned for later this month, but that changed when CJ escaped from her backyard enclosure a second time on Saturday.
Police and animal control officers quickly set up a perimeter and tranquilized CJ. She was taken to another private property in Clark County better equipped to house her for the time being.
CJ's owner had originally planned to hold a going away party for the chimpanzee before her departure. It's unclear if that will happen now.
There was no immediate word on exactly when CJ will head to the Oregon sanctuary.