[monkeywire] Lowell the orangutan manages brief escape
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Tue Aug 26 17:38:36 EDT 2003
Some "Monkey Business" at the Zoo This Morning
A volunteer at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester this morning went
through some nervous moments, when he became an accidental friend of
a 300 pound orangutan.
Around ten o'clock volunteer Paul Louis was bringing food to Lowell
But when Louis turned around, Lowell was out of his cage and wrapped
around his legs. Lowell was making motions hinting he wanted to go
for a walk.
The volunteer tried walking with the orangutan, but he had to wait
for help. A vet was able to tranqualize Lowell and the orangutan is
"We do have a number of safety procedures that we have in place,
(and) a number of drills that we do to practice these kinds of things
in the event that there is something like that. All of those
mechanisms worked like they're supposed to", said zoo director Larry
Lowell, 18, has been at the Seneca Park Zoo for about two years.
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