Orangutan gets to top of wall at Kansas City zoo exhibit

File photo - This 2006 photo provided by the Woodland Park Zoo shows a orangutan named Towan at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. (Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo via AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An orangutan got to the top of the wall surrounding the Kansas City Zoo’s ape exhibit but quickly returned to the exhibit without any contact with zoo visitors.

The zoo instructed visitors to go indoors until the situation was resolved Sunday afternoon.

Zoo spokeswoman Julie Neemeyer told The Kansas City Star (http://j.mp/29c4fGp) there were no injuries, and the 17-year-old female Borneo orangutan didn’t have to be tranquilized.

Zookeepers brought the exhibit’s seven orangutans into the holding building while they tried to figure out how to keep the incident from recurring.

Before the zoo’s $6-million orangutan exhibit opened last spring human rock climbers tested the enclosure to ensure the orangutans couldn’t escape.

On Friday, an orangutan escaped its Busch Gardens Tampa enclosure before it was tranquilized and returned to the enclosure.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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