LAS VEGAS (AP) — A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman says investigators will look at whether cages were unlocked at a home where two chimpanzees escaped and rumbled through a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood before one was shot dead and the other tranquilized.
Dave Sacks says officials will also look at the health of the animals and other factors that may have led to Thursday’s incident.
Poker pro Lee Watkinson funded care of the two animals. He says he and his girlfriend had tried to rescue the chimps from a “bad situation.”
The couple spent $100,000 of Watkinson’s winnings from the 2006 World Series of Poker on a sturdy double-fenced enclosure.
A Las Vegas police spokesman said the veteran officer who shot Buddy thought he was the last defense between the rampaging animal and people gathering to watch.