[monkeywire] Two Orangutans Recaptured After Escaping From Zoos

Josh Greenman josh.greenman at gmail.com
Mon May 19 13:08:15 EDT 2008


Two Orangutans Recaptured After Escaping From Zoos

Monday , May 19, 2008

AP - Two orangutans are safely back in their cages after escaping from
enclosures at two different zoos across the country.

At Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, part of a new exhibit is closed
after a 10-year-old female orangutan escaped by climbing the exhibit's
windows. Caretakers had to coax it into a back area using apples,
carrots and vanilla ice cream for about an hour.

Meanwhile, 3,000 visitors at the Los Angeles Zoo were forced to head
for the exit when a 29-year-old orangutan named Bruno punched a hole
through mesh that surrounds his habitat.

Authorities say he was free for about 20 minutes until a handler saw
him in a holding area behind the cage. Keepers quickly approached the
orangutan and sedated him.

Bruno never made it into the zoo's public area and zoo officials say
"he was never aggressive."

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