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Vegas chimp escape 911 calls released

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Metro police have released the 911 calls alerting dispatchers to two escaped chimpanzees last month.

Police shot and killed a chimpanzee and tranquilized another after the animals escaped from a home on the city's northwest side on July 12.

Residents and motorists in the area were forced to lock their doors during the nearly two-hour ordeal that began just after 10 a.m. in the area of Ann Road and Jones Boulevard.

Police classified the chimps as "dangerous" and said an officer fired on one of the animals - a male - as it crossed a street.

"He couldn't allow the considerably sized animal to cross Ann Road into Rock Creek," Officer Marcus Martin said, "That's when he used his service gun to stop the animal."

The 911 calls detail some truly frightened neighbors who witnessed the escaped chimpanzees from very close vantage points.

"I'm kinda scared," said one 911 called. "I have to keep my kids and all my animals inside right now."

"They are dangerous," warned another caller. "Bring shotguns. I am serious, they are wild animals."

"The other (chimpanzee) opened the car door himself and climbed in," a third 911 caller described the situation. "One of them is hanging out the door, just looking at me."

Authorities said both animals stood more than 5-feet tall and weighed as much as 180 pounds.

A motorist who spoke with FOX5 said one of the chimps confronted her as she drove through the area. The animal began banging on the roof and hood of her car, she said, but did not get inside.

"They were very agitated," Martin said.

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