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Escaped chimp gets snack; cleans bathroom
The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 17,2007

Posted on 01/17/2007 3:26:51 PM PST by Trust but Verify

By Associated Press Published January 17, 2007, 4:12 PM CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An escaped chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo raided a kitchen cupboard and did a little cleaning with a toilet brush before sedatives knocked her out on top of a refrigerator.

The 120-pound primate, Judy, escaped yesterday into a service area when a zookeeper opened a door to her sleeping quarters, unaware the animal was still inside.

As keepers tried to woo Judy back into her cage, she rummaged through a refrigerator where chimp snacks are stored. She opened kitchen cupboards, pulled out juice and soft drinks and took a swig from bottles she managed to open.

Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. Rademacher says the 37-year-old Judy was a house pet before the zoo acquired her in 1988, so she may have been familiar with housekeeping chores. Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge.

It took a couple of tries, but the zoo sedated the chimp, who fell asleep on top of the refrigerator with half a loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread she had pulled out of the freezer.

The zoo veterinarian gave Judy a drug to bring her around. Rademacher says Judy was groggy but fine after the episode.

The zoo says there was no danger Judy would get out of the primate keepers service area and onto zoo grounds.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chimp; judy
That's SOME chimp!
1 posted on 01/17/2007 3:26:53 PM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: Trust but Verify

Sounds like my ex wife--except for the cleaning.


2 posted on 01/17/2007 3:30:06 PM PST by Mongeaux (''I would sooner be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory," W.F. Buckley)
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To: Trust but Verify

Cute story!


3 posted on 01/17/2007 3:30:16 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (If this city were any 'bluer', it'd be spelled 'bleu'.)
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To: Trust but Verify

LOL That's funny. If Judy needs a job I've got a lot of cleaning to be done.


4 posted on 01/17/2007 3:30:45 PM PST by barker ( A smile is a curved line that sets things straight.)
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To: Trust but Verify

[Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet...Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge.]

How much you reckon she rents for?


5 posted on 01/17/2007 3:33:05 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Y'know, I've always thought of politics as show business for ugly people." Jay Leno:Al Gore 11/29)
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To: Trust but Verify

Her previous owners are going to hear from PETA.


6 posted on 01/17/2007 3:35:38 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Trust but Verify

Chris's evil monkey.

7 posted on 01/17/2007 3:37:33 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: Trust but Verify

Can I get her to teach my son and husband?


8 posted on 01/17/2007 3:37:55 PM PST by ShandaLear (Perfect People Need Support, too.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Oh yeah, they start out cute but here is how the story ends.....


9 posted on 01/17/2007 3:38:41 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.)
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To: ShandaLear
Can I get her to teach my son and husband?
what, they don't like cinnamon raisin bread?
10 posted on 01/17/2007 3:39:40 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: SF Republican

she rummaged through a refrigerator ...

Did you say her name was Rosie?


11 posted on 01/17/2007 3:44:11 PM PST by BigEdLB (BigEd)
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To: Trust but Verify

12 posted on 01/17/2007 3:46:51 PM PST by steveo (ADVERTISEMENT)
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To: Trust but Verify

I thought stories about plantation monkeys were taboo here.


13 posted on 01/17/2007 3:49:00 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: barker

No kidding! There's nothing worse than scrubbing toilets.


14 posted on 01/17/2007 3:54:08 PM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: barker
LOL That's funny. If Judy needs a job I've got a lot of cleaning to be done.

Monkeys could be an alternative to illegal aliens, and a way to avoid the new minimum wage.

15 posted on 01/17/2007 4:02:21 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

Great idea. But with one caveat when Chimps are upset with working conditions they don't strike they throw stuff, stuff as in feces. And that is if they still like you.


16 posted on 01/17/2007 4:18:23 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet.

Oh man, that hurts.

Because I happen to be a Janitor.

17 posted on 01/17/2007 4:24:55 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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To: lowbridge

I've always said that even a chimp can do my job.


18 posted on 01/17/2007 4:26:00 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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To: Moonman62

She's only doing the jobs that Americans don't want to do.....


19 posted on 01/17/2007 4:46:24 PM PST by nevergore (?It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.?)
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To: Titan Magroyne
How much you reckon she rents for?

*deadpan* Peanuts....but, you knew that. :)

20 posted on 01/17/2007 4:50:44 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just b/c your paranoid; Doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you. :^)
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To: Trust but Verify
Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. Rademacher says the 37-year-old Judy was a house pet before the zoo acquired her in 1988, so she may have been familiar with housekeeping chores. Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge.

Earth to Chimp-keeper: Judy was a house MAID before the zoo acquired her. And apparently she liked that better than sitting around in a zoo enclosure being bored all day, because she was pretty eager to show the humans what she could do.

21 posted on 01/17/2007 5:02:45 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: lastchance
Great idea. But with one caveat when Chimps are upset with working conditions they don't strike they throw stuff, stuff as in feces.

That sounds better than some of the union thugs I know about.

22 posted on 01/17/2007 5:05:44 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

D'oh! :-D


23 posted on 01/17/2007 5:20:11 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Y'know, I've always thought of politics as show business for ugly people." Jay Leno:Al Gore 11/29)
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To: lowbridge

When they start copyediting, I'm in trouble. Well, the bad copyeditors are in trouble, anyway.


24 posted on 01/17/2007 5:43:46 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Ben Mugged

25 posted on 01/17/2007 5:45:18 PM PST by Clemenza (Put down that coffee! Coffee is for closers!)
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To: Trust but Verify
That's SOME chimp!

I KNOW they are having a hell of a time with this on DU.

26 posted on 01/17/2007 5:53:10 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.)
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To: stylecouncilor

I wonder if I could borrow her for a few hours each week.


27 posted on 01/18/2007 12:56:46 PM PST by windcliff
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