Chimpanzee Escapes Zoo, Returns via Bicycle Wearing Rain Coat—Videos

A chimpanzee in Ukraine's Kharkiv escaped from a zoo—only to return on a bicycle while wearing a rain coat, according to reports.

Footage of the chimpanzee exploring the streets of Kharkiv has also gone viral on social media.

Outriders journalist Hanna Liubakova shared footage of the chimpanzee on her Twitter page on Tuesday and it has been viewed more than 350,000 times.

"Ukraine in Kharkiv, a chimpanzee escaped from a zoo. It was walking around the city while zoo employees tried to convince it to return," she tweeted.

"Suddenly it started to rain, and the ape ran to a zoo employee for a jacket and then agreed to return to the zoo."

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Stock image of a Chimpanzee. A video of a chimpanzee that had escaped from a Ukrainian zoo has gone viral on social media. Getty

The chimpanzee escaped and walked from the zoo to Derzhprom in the square on Svobody Square on Monday afternoon, according to Kharkiv public broadcaster Suspline.

Zoo director Oleksiy Grigoriev told the station the animal was safely returned.

The video footage shows the chimpanzee calmly walking the streets before eventually being approached by a woman. The woman then sits down with the chimpanzee.

Other video footage shows the woman giving a rain coat to the chimpanzee and helping them put it on.

In other footage, from the viral clip, the chimpanzee is seen being escorted away by three people while it sits atop a bicycle.

Despite the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine resulting in zoos closing, the care of the animals has not stopped.

On Facebook, the Kyiv Zoo said military actions have caused stress for their animals but so far all their conditions are stable. "The zoo is closed to visitors, but the care of the animals does not stop," it said.

"The war is causing terrible stress for the animals, so some of them have been moved to indoor enclosures and underground galleries. Veterinarians monitor their emotional state and, if necessary, provide a sedative."

In the early weeks of the war, some animals in Ukrainian zoos were evacuated to Poland.

In March, Zoo Poznań took to Facebook to explain how it was helping Ukraine to evacuate as many animals as possible.

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In early April, zookeepers in Kharkiv were forced to make the decision to put down all the large animals in their possession after its enclosures were destroyed by Russian shelling.

Many of the animals at Feldman Ecopark in Kharkiv survived the bombings, but their enclosures did not and are no longer safe, according to the venue's founder Alexander Feldman.

Feldman released a video statement on Facebook revealing it would be impossible to try to transport the large animals, many of which are dangerous with complex needs, to safety.

He seemed close to tears as he spoke and revealed that it appears the only remaining option is euthanizing them.

The fate of Ukraine's animals in zoos and shelters has worried conservationists, and is another element of horror in the war which has caused so much human suffering.

Update 9/6/22, 10:35 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include Zoo director Oleksiy Grigoriev's update to Suspline.