Honolulu Zoo officials are investigating how a 4-foot-tall chimpanzee escaped from his exhibit and was seen on a 15-foot-high wall.
No one was injured and Puiwa the chimpanzee is back with the other chimps.
Puiwa will soon be 15 years old. He is the youngest of eight chimpanzees in the exhibit.
His name means "surprise" and it fits! He's the primate who caused a stir on Tuesday when he went on the lam at the zoo.
"He got out of the exhibit and walked the perimeter," said Honolulu Zoo Director Jeffrey Wilkinson. "The exhibit has a high wall and he was able to walk on the wall of the exhibit."
Wilkinson told reporters it was a visitor who spotted Puiwa and alerted the staff.
"The capture team arrived on the scene in a matter of minutes while the crowd control team cleared the area," said Wilkinson. "A perimeter was set up to keep Puiwa contained while the visitors were ushered to secure locations."
One dart from the tranquilizer gun was all it took to subdue Puiwa.
This is not the first time the chimps have gotten into some monkey business. In 1996, five chimps grabbed a hold of low-hanging branches and got out. All vegetation was then cleared back. In 2004, they kept swinging into the glass enclosure so much it broke. It was replaced as well.
On Wednesday, the chimpanzee exhibit is closed and the caution tape is up. The chimpanzees are in a back holding area will zoo officials investigate.
Wilkinson says Puiwa is doing okay. He says they'll do a full audit then will take the needed action, even if it means redesigning the exhibit.
"Public safety is our number one priority here. So, we want to make absolutely sure this isn't going to happen again," said Wilkinson.
Puiwa was back in his exhibit less than an hour after his escape. But, the chimps were still excited. So, zoo officials allowed them to calm down and they all proceeded into their sleep quarters together.