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March 25, 2014

Orangutans escape new Indianapolis Zoo enclosure

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two of the Indianapolis Zoo’s new orangutans are apparently escape artists.

Zoo officials report the apes briefly got out of their primary enclosure today before zoo workers lured them back to their holding area.

Spokeswoman Carla Knapp says 9-year-old Rocky and a female named Knobi were discovered about 30 minutes after their escape. Neither made it to areas accessible to visitors, but they managed to dismantle a web camera.

About 60 visitors at the zoo were kept in a dolphin exhibit until the apes were located.

Knapp tells The Indianapolis Star the $26 million orangutan exhibit has several safeguards in place to prevent the apes from reaching visitor space.

The exhibit is larger than two NFL football fields and is scheduled to open to the public Memorial Day weekend.

 

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