Sweet Success: Zoo Bribes Chimps with Concession Stand Treats


We’re pretty sure that ice cream and sodas wouldn’t have been enough to settle the uprising in Planet of the Apes, but yesterday at the Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire, Britain, the treats did help get some mischievous chimps back in line.

On Thursday, eight chimpanzees escaped from their normal living quarters into the secure service area within their enclosure. Sharon Redrobe, the zoo’s director, told TIME that during their usual morning move from their day space to their breakfast area, a door was left ajar, and they swiftly took the opportunity to go on a devious adventure. In the service area, the chimps seemed to have a blast as they ran around and peeked inside cupboards. The zoo’s public update, however, ensured that “at no time were the public at risk, and no people or chimps were harmed during the incident” because the chimps were still contained within…

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