We've all heard about the damage chimpanzees can inflict even when they're not armed. Japanese zookeepers almost allowed us to see what the primates can do when packing heat.

Ichiro the chimp, 42, recently escaped from his cage at the Ishikawa Zoo and snatched a tranquilizer rifle from a zoo employee.

After fleeing his accidentally unlocked enclosure, Ichiro climbed onto the roof of a zoo building in what is thought to be an attempt to cool himself. The primate proved he was as wise as his years, eluding those trying to get him down, and grabbing away one of the workers' tranquilizer guns. The chimp was eventually captured after being offered a banana.

Coincidentally, the incident is rumored to be remarkably similar to the alternate ending to the first Rambo movie.

See a video of Ichiro (the chimp, not the baseball player) after the jump.




Want to see more bloodthirsty animals? Check out the running of the bulls.


Running with the Bulls

    Revelers are chased by Conde de la Corte ranch fighting bulls on the first day of the running of the bulls during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Monday, July 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Revelers chased by Conde de la Corte ranch fighting bulls, not seen, run on the first day of the running of the bulls during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 7, 2008. The 'Los San Fermines' festival, held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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    PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 07: Micky Loomey of New Zealand is attended to by members of the Red Cross after being injured during the first San Fermin running of the bulls on July 7, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the old part of Pamplona for eight days in this fiesta made famous by the 1926 Ernest Hemmingway novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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    PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 07: A runner leads the pack of fighting bulls around a curve during the first San Fermin running of the bulls on July 7, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the old part of Pamplona for eight days in this fiesta made famous by the 1926 Ernest Hemmingway novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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    PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 07: A fighting bull takes the curve during the first San Fermin running of the bulls on July 7, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the old part of Pamplona for eight days in this fiesta made famous by the 1926 Ernest Hemmingway novel 'The Sun Also Rises'. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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    A runner is attended to after being injured during the first day of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN)

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    A runner is attended to after being injured during the first day of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN)

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    Runners sprint next to Conde de la Corte fighting bulls during the first day of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN)

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    A reveller is tossed by a heifer on the first day of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN)

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    Runners sprint in front of Conde de la Corte fighting bulls and steers during the first day of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2008. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu (SPAIN)

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