Moti the chimpanzee, who arrived in South Africa this past October from the Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, decided to take an impromptu walk in a quiet street behind the Pretoria zoo on Saturday.

Cheeky chimp makes a break for it.

Cheeky chimp makes a break for it. Image by Afrika Force / CC BY 2.0

The escape happened as he was being walked to his new enclosure. He peacefully explored a few residential gardens, even lounging beneath a tree or two, the zoo said. His handlers did keep a watchful eye during the unplanned excursion, but were forced to tranquilise him when he made a run for it. Read more: