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Moe the Chimp is On the Loose

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A 34-year-old chimpanzee that was raised in a West Covina family's home for three decades escaped from a wildlife sanctuary in San Bernardino County Friday night.

Animal control officials and volunteers searched the nearby San Bernardino National Forest Saturday

St. James Davis brought Moe home from Tanzania in the 1960s, after the chimp's mother was killed by poachers, and he and his wife raised the chimp in their West Covina home as if he were their son. --
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In August 1998, Moe was shot with a tranquilizer gun after escaping the Davis's West Covina home. He was taken from the home the following year after biting a police offer and lived at Jungle Exotics in Devore for the past year.