Mwami was on the south side, so zookeepers needed to persuade him to turn around to the north, where the net had been placed.
Staff members sprayed fire extinguishers behind him. The unexpected sight and sound kept him from backtracking, Scott said. It's a common technique at zoos, though it's never been used in Oklahoma City.
"It's another step between doing nothing and darting an animal," he said.
To encourage him to keep going forward, his handlers lured him with some of his favorite treats, like grapes.
As a final draw, they offered him cotton candy, which isn't normally part of his diet at all, Scott said. But it worked.
Chimps have complex personalities
The chimp troops at the zoo likely will remain intact despite the squabble Monday, Scott said.
Chimps have complex personalities and strict social hierarchies. They can be tender and caring or volatile and aggressive, Scott said, and that's true for Mwami. His troop includes the youngest chimpanzee at the zoo: Zoe. Mwami fathered her two years ago.
As she has matured, so has Mwami. At first, he didn't care much about the baby. He has grown from a playmate to a comforter to a protector. If she's scared, he will run to her and reassure her with hugs. He is careful to protect her from harm. He lets her sit on his lap.
The troop appeared to be back to normal by Monday afternoon. Mwami mingled with the others and lounged around in the chimps' indoor habitat. The group likely will fight again some day, Scott said, and they'll likely forgive each other and move on.
"It is normal chimpanzee behavior," he said.
The chimps will remain indoors until their outdoor electric fence is repaired in the coming days.