Orangutans escape primary enclosure at Indy Zoo

Orangutan Center (WISH Photo/ DeAndre Taylor, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A male orangutan named Rocky escaped his primary enclosure at the Indianapolis Zoo on Tuesday, zoo officials confirm. According to the primate’s profile on the zoo’s website, he “loves attention and likes to find trouble.”

Around 10:45 a.m., 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 Rocky.

The situation 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.

Zoo officials confirm a second orangutan, Knobi, joined Rocky in his escape. Both are doing OK.

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