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Runaway chimpanzees lured back into enclosures with malted milk balls

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PIX11/WDAF) — A group of runaway chimpanzees at the Kansas City Zoo are back in their enclosures.

Zoo officials told WDAF the monkeys escaped from their enclosures Thursday afternoon around 3:30.

The ring leader pulled a large branch down and propped it against the wall of the exhibit.

Chimps on the Loose

Several chimpanzees escaped their enclosures at the Kansas City Zoo. (KSHB via CNN)

Once the branch was down, three of the seven chimps climbed the wall and into the zoo keeper’s area. They added that at no time were any of the chimps running free in public areas.

However, as a safety precaution, the zoo still issued a code red, which meant the public was ushered into locked buildings. Zoo keepers in the Africa area stayed in locked cars while zoo personnel inside the chimp holding area lured the chimps back in — using malted milk balls.

Around 30 patrons waited for an hour until zoo keepers allowed people to leave.

No people or animals were injured.

Friday the chimps did not play outside as zoo keepers spent the day securing the area to prevent any monkey business from happening again.