- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Sedgwick County Zoo says an orangutan who briefly escaped its enclosure found a weakness in the wire mesh of its enclosure.

Zoo officials say a 11-year-old Sumatran orangutan named Tao appears to have unwoven the mesh enough to slip through the hole and escape into a public area. She went back into the enclosure on her own, and all orangutans were secured indoors within 11 minutes.

Zoo spokeswoman Melissa Graham says a guest reported the possible orangutan escape at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and zoo officials quickly escorted visitors to places of safety. No one was hurt.

The outdoor area for the Oranghutan exhibit will remain closed until further notice while it is evaluated and secured.



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