Orangutan escapes primary enclosure at Indy Zoo

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An 8-year-old male Orangutan escaped his primary enclosure at the Indianapolis Zoo on Tuesday, zoo officials confirm.

Around 10:45 a.m., the Orangutan, named Rocky, left his primary enclosure and hid somewhere in the building. Zoo officials say at no point was he near the public–he was still within his enclosure and never entered patron accessible areas.

There were about 60 visitors at the zoo at the time. Most of them were in the dolphin exhibit and needed to stay there while zookeepers searched for the Orangutan.

The search lasted for about 30 minutes. Zookeepers say they found Rocky, after he had dismantled a web camera in the building.

Officials were able to lure him back into his primary enclosure. He is okay.

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