(Insert your own Jim Carrey joke here)
(File photo of Moe the Chimp)
Pet detectives have been called into assist in the search for Moe the chimp, according to Michael McCasland, a spokesman for Moe's owners.
The search had entered a "wait-and-see" phase after more than a month of pursuing the missing chimpanzee using helicopters, bloodhounds and video surveillance.
"Animal experts are flying in (this) week,"
McCasland said. "They'll advise us on how and where to look for Moe."
On June 27, Moe escaped his enclosure at Jungle Exotics, a Devore company that provides animals to the entertainment industry. He is owned by St. James and LaDonna Davis of West Covina.
Since Moe escaped "we've investigated 18 leads," McCasland said. "But in the last 10 days there's been nothing."
McCasland said that searchers still believe Moe is inside one of the brush-filled canyons surrounding Jungle Exotics.
"We think he bolted through a lot of brush, became disoriented, and can't find his way out," McCasland said.
Searchers have discussed numerous tactics to search the brush-filled canyons, including using machetes, infrared and tractors, none of which were viable.
Our fingers are crossed for Moe.