Police body camera video from Springfield, Missouri, filmed an unusual foot chase as two officers tried to catch an escaped lemur.
The small, fast primate ran to freedom Tuesday night and was spotted near a city park.
The video shows him running and weaving across a parking lot, along a sidewalk and over some grass.
Finally, one officer manages to catch the lemur while his partner gently wraps it in a towel.
However, the owners of the animal will not be able to keep it.
A municipal ordinance prohibits keeping wild animals as pets.
Instead, Springfield police say the lemur will be “well cared for and loved” by a local wildlife rescue agency.
While crossing a dark city park, a lemur managed to stay one step ahead of police officers armed with only a large towel.
Bodycam video shows the two officers’ attempts to catch the small, fleet-footed primate, which fled to freedom Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.
“We see the line,” says an officer, laughing as he tries to get closer.
Police body camera video from Springfield, Missouri, captured an unusual foot chase as two officers tried to catch an escaped lemur.
Not giving up easily, the lemur raises its distinctive black and white banded tail and runs away.
Run and weave across a parking lot, along a sidewalk, across grass, and around trees.
Finally, the officer throws the towel like a net, but the lemur escapes and runs away.
“Damn!” the officer exclaims, while some civilians help try to corner the bug.
Finally, another officer can grab the lemur and hold it still while his partner gently “snuggles” it into the towel, the Springfield Police Department said in a Facebook post.
The animal’s owners reported it missing, the department said, and were later reunited with it.
But they won’t be able to keep it: a city ordinance prohibits keeping wild animals as pets.
Instead, police say the lemur has been connected to a local wildlife rescue agency where he will be “well cared for and loved.”