Officials: Orangutan temporarily escapes exhibit at Kansas City Zoo

Posted at 2:21 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 05:23:55-04

Officials say an orangutan temporarily escaped from its enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo Sunday afternoon. 

The zoo issued a 'code red' after going on lockdown when patrons saw Kali, a 7-year-old orangutan, on the outdoor wall of the enclosure. 

Guests were asked to stay inside several exhibits until zookeepers could capture the ape. 

Carrie Moore was directed to exit the tram as officials tried to secure the area near the enclosure.

"It was nice to see them taking precautions.  Turns out it was much of anything but it's nice to know they're looking out patrons." said Moore.

The lockdown lasted only 30 minutes. The orangutan was located and has been safely returned to its exhibit. 

The orangutans will not be in the outdoor exhibit until the Kansas City Zoo can determine how Kali was able to climb onto the wall. 


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