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Fugitive chimp unmoved by lure of Pepsi and M&Ms

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Sydney has a serious sweet tooth, so serious it could mean the end of his life on the run . . . or swinging in the trees.

The 19-year-old chimpanzee pried open his cage and escaped from the Charlotte Metro Zoo on Thursday, then made a dash for freedom in a nearby forest.Because of his fondness for M&Ms and Pepsi, the searchers who fanned out looking for the 100-pound primate took along sweets to lure him into custody.

However, Sydney was still on the loose Saturday.

The searchers saw him several times, but every time Sydney spotted their tranquilizer guns, he bolted.

"He's a very smart monkey. He knows what a gun looks like. He's been tranquilized before, and he's scared," said Dawn Doros, a zoo staffer.