Sunday, May 18, 2008

Orangutan Escapes Pen at Zoo

A 29-year old orangutan named Bruno escaped from his pen at the Los Angeles Zoo Saturday.

Bruno made a hole in his pen, but he didn't try to leave the zoo. Instead, he hid behind his pen while zookeepers herded 3000 visitors out of the area. Last year, a tiger escaped from her San Francisco Zoo enclosure and injured three people, killing one. Bruno was not aggressive.

In fact, since all of the zoo's great apes are trained to allow zookeepers to administer medicine, a handler simply put him through his motions and he allowed her to approach him and administer a sedative by hand. Bruno went to sleep and was carried back into his bedroom.

The incident was over in about 20 minutes.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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