Orangutan that escaped at Busch Gardens tranquilized, returned to enclosure

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 18:46:42-04

UPDATE: The orangutan has now been tranquilized and placed back in its enclosure, FWC reports. 

An orangutan has escaped at Busch Gardens.

One Twitter user posted video of the animal in a tree as people below watched.

Another Twitter user said they were locked in a food court as a result of the escape.

This is the second time an orangutan has escaped in the park in little more than a week.

A juvenile male orangutan left his habitat June 16 at 6:30 p.m., about 30 minutes before the park closed, according to Busch Gardens. The habitat was in a “non-guest facing” area in the Jungala section of the park.

The park cleared nearby areas.

“Zoo staff managed the situation and the animal was safely led back to secure housing without incident,” the park said in a statement after the June 16 escape.