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Chimps Escape Causes Change In Policy

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Las Vegas, NV —  Clark County officials are changing their policy on exotic animals a month after two chimpanzees escaped their cage and ran through streets near Las Vegas.

Clark County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to require the exotic pet owners to live on or own the property where the animal is kept. They also must have expertise in keeping the animals.

The changes also expand the permitting process for owning an exotic animal. The exact language of the new regulations is expected to be finalized in coming weeks.

The county’s policy came under scrutiny after the July 12 escape of chimps named Buddy and C.J.

Buddy was eventually shot and killed by a police officer after jumping on cars and veering toward onlookers.

C.J. was tranquilized and returned to her enclosure.

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