Chimp in daring zoo break-out [+video]

01:43, Jan 31 2009
BORN FREE: Ichiro, a 42-year-old chimpanzee, led an audacious break-out from his pen at at Ishikawa Zoo in Japan.

Dodging tranquilliser darts and yelping at his captors, a brazen chimp staged his own version of The Great Escape in Japan.

At Ishikawa Zoo, western Japan a 42-year-old chimpanzee named Ichiro led the audacious break-out from his pen and refused to come down from the roof.

At one point the chimp even grabbed the zoo worker's tranquilliser gun, but luckily it fell to the floor. Eventually the chimp was lured with a banana and then sedated.

It is thought the chimp was trying to find shelter from the sweltering heat that Japan has been experiencing.