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300-pound chimp runs amok in Kansas City

A loose chimpanzee is captured after jumping into vehicle and damaging a Kansas City patrol car.
/ Source: msnbc.com

A large chimpanzee ran loose in a Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday, banging on some cars and jumping into vehicles before it was recaptured, police said.

The chimp was reported loose about noon after escaping from its owner's home in the 7700 block of Indiana Avenue, KMBC.com reported. With a rope hanging from his neck, the chimp ran through the neighborhood for about 40 minutes, pounding on doors, opening car doors and dragging a trash bin down a street.

Neighbors and police told a reporter that the chimp, named "Sue," is 13 years old and weighs more than 300 pounds.

One woman called 911 after Sue jumped on her car and began pounding on her sun roof,  KMBC.com reported. The chimp then jumped down and opened the passenger door. The woman jumped out. The chimp also opened the door to a tow truck.

On his blog, Police Chief Jim Corwin described it as a "bizarre lunch hour." Animal control officers shot the chimp with a tranquilizer dart, but it was ineffective, Corwin said. The ape climbed a tree and a second dart fired at the animal missed.

"The owner had a cage in the back up of his pick-up truck, and the animal eventually climbed back into it on his own and is now in custody," Corwin wrote. "Police were ready with patrol rifles in case the animal became a danger to people."

The primate was caught about 12:40 p.m.

Neighbors said the chimp is well known in the neighborhood but seldom seen, KMBC.com reported. Animal Control will determine whether any citations should be issued, Corwin wrote.