LAS VEGAS (AP) — A poker pro who funded the care of two chimpanzees that escaped and rampaged through a Las Vegas neighborhood this week says wild animals don’t belong in captivity.
Lee Wilkinson tells The Associated Press that tragedy can happen when people get cute baby chimps as pets and then can’t care for them when they become full-grown.
Police shot the male chimp named Buddy dead in the street Thursday. A female named C.J. was tranquilized and returned to her enclosure. No humans were injured.
Agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture are investigating. Wilkinson says he and his girlfriend, Timmi De Rosa, tried to build a haven for the animals.
He says they agree with advocacy groups calling for a ban on the breeding and sale of captive wild animals.