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Escaped chimpanzee returns to Kharkiv zoo on keeper’s bicycle

By Isobel Koshiw

06 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

A rare moment of levity in a city that has been under siege. A zookeeper convinced an escaped chimpanzee to come back on a bike. First, they hugged in the rain. The Guardian has the details.

A chimpanzee that escaped Kharkiv city zoo on Monday was persuaded to return by a zoo employee who wheeled it back on a bicycle.

Staff at the zoo in Ukraine’s second-biggest city were struggling to persuade Chichi, who had wandered around streets and a nearby park, to return to the zoo with them.

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