Moe's great escape

 

A chimpanzee who served as best man at his owner's wedding has been eluding pursuers in the San Bernardino National Forest, 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Moe broke out of what The Associated Press calls a "state-of-the-art cage" at Jungle Exotics, which trains animals for Hollywood. His owners, LaDonna and St. James Davis, rescued him in Tanzania 42 years ago after poachers killed his mother, and they raised Moe as they would a child, "toilet-training him, teaching him to eat with a knife and fork and letting him sleep in their bed and watch TV." The runaway is said to be gentle, but he has a checkered past -- mauling one police officer's hand and biting off part of a woman's finger when she stuck her hand in his cage. Moe's owners said the chimp wasn't really at fault for attacking the woman -- "he mistook her red-painted fingernail for his favorite licorice."