Chimpanzee escapes enclosure at Oklahoma City Zoo
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL NewsOK.com
Monday, August 30, 2010
8/30/10 at 1:58 PM
A male chimpanzee escaped from its enclosure this afternoon at the "Great EscApe" exhibit area in the Oklahoma City Zoo, spokeswoman Tara Henson said.
The animal does not appear to pose an immediate threat to the public because he is in a 12-foot deep dry moat designed to prevent animals from reaching areas accessible to visitors, Henson said. No one has been hurt.
The chimp escaped from its enclosure about noon, Henson said. Zoo officials have asked visitors to either leave the zoo or stay in an enclosed area away from the chimpanzee until the situation is resolved.
Zoo workers are trying to get the chimp back into its exhibit, but Henson did not elaborate on what methods they were using.
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Entrance to the Oklahoma City Zoo. DOUG HOKE/The Oklahoman