Chimpanzees back in their habitat after escape at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) -- Kansas City Zoo officials say seven chimpanzees are back in their habitat after escaping on Thursday afternoon.

Zoo Spokesperson Julie Neermeyer says the chimps were in the zoo, in a behind-the-scenes area. Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff said one of the chimps propped up a six-foot log to climb and get on the fence. About six other chimps followed closely behind.

Wisthoff says the biggest chimp was 150 pounds, with the smallest being 80 pounds.

There were probably between 100 and 200 people in area when the chimps escaped. Zookeepers used food to entice the chimps back over the wall.

The chimps were never in any public area. Zoo visitors had been taken indoors as a precaution, while the zoo spent two hours on lockdown.

The zoo was closed for the evening. The chimps will not be on display on Friday as crews look for weak parts of tree that chimps could pull down.

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