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Busch Gardens orangutan escapes

Orlando Sentinel

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May 19, 2008

TAMPA - Part of a new exhibit at Tampa's Busch Gardens was closed Sunday after a female orangutan escaped its enclosure and had to be coaxed into a back area by officials.

The 10-year-old Bornean orangutan escaped from the Jungala exhibit Saturday evening by climbing its exhibit's windows. Caretakers used apples, carrots and vanilla ice cream to lure the animal into its night quarters. That took about an hour.

Glenn Young, Busch Gardens vice president of zoological operations, said the orangutans will remain off exhibit until problems with the enclosure are fixed.

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