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Still no Moe the chimp, just some false leads

The search is still on for Moe the chimp, which escaped on June 27 from his cage at Jungle Exotics near Devore, but officials had no luck over the weekend. The San Bernardino Sun reports:

Michael McCasland, a spokesman for Moe's West Covina owners, said that a search for Moe on Sunday night turned up no new clues as to the chimpanzee's whereabouts.

"They got all the tools they need to track him," he said of the searchers.

McCasland said Moe has left behind "no traces, just no evidence of where he's at." This has made the search more difficult, he said.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the chimp since his escape. The weekend searchers followed up many leads on Moe, McCasland said, but all the tips turned out to be the tracks of a mule, dogs or other animals.

However, the Sun reports, a bizarre tip did come in during the weekend search:

Although the weekend search turned up no hard evidence of Moe's location, Arden Wiltshire of the San Bernardino County sheriff's office confirmed a report of a man in a monkey suit running in and out of traffic about 10 p.m. Sunday at a turnout near Lake Williams Road in Big Bear.

Authorities were sent out to investigate and found nothing.

"I have not talked to anyMoe_the_chimp_in_better_days_4body this morning on that," McCasland said on Monday regarding whether a report could have been a Moe sighting. "If it's something halfway credible, we would have already heard about it."

Moe lived with LaDonna and St. James Davis for more than 30 years in their West Covina home, when this picture was taken in the 1970s, until Moe was later removed from their home and placed in a sanctuary. The Davises spoke to the press on June 30 to lament his escape.

--Francisco Vara-Orta

Photo: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

 
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I heard this story and it made me sad. This poor caged monkey who was kept in captivity for so long breaks free. I just hope he can make it on his own and avoid bobcats and the like until they find him. At this point, having been "detained" for so many years, it would be difficult for him to try and make it on the mean streets of southern California. I am surprised he fled when he broke free. After thirty years, it seems he may have develped an attachment to these folks and hung around. At any rate, it's very sad and I hope they find him alive and well!

I just can not believe that this poor chimp is still out in the wild. Are you sure someone hasn't stolen him? How can he just disapear?

It is March 2009, has Moe ever been found for godsakes?


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