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Watch: Chimpanzee escapes enclosure at Kolkata zoo, visitors panic

A chimpanzee briefly escaped its enclosure at Alipore Zoo, Kolkata, on Monday morning, sending visitors into a panic.

June 14, 2022 / 10:37 AM IST
Screengrab from a video uploaded on Facebook by @tirthankar.times

Screengrab from a video uploaded on Facebook by @tirthankar.times

A chimpanzee briefly escaped its enclosure at Alipore Zoo, Kolkata, on Monday morning, sending visitors into a panic.

According to Telegraph India, Buri, the six-year-old female chimpanzee, swam through a moat surrounding her enclosure and managed to “swing past” a mesh of wires to pull off the daring escape.

The chimpanzee’s presence in the tourist area alarmed zoo visitors, but she was safely coaxed back into her enclosure with the help of a mango. “She is exceptionally intelligent. She managed to climb the wall, get hold of an iron rod and swing past the electrified mesh without hurting herself,” said zoo director Asis Kumar Samanta.

At Kolkata’s Alipore Zoo, the enclosure for chimpanzees is surrounded by a glass wall and contains a small moat inside. Between the glass wall and the concrete wall is a gap of a few inches, covered with electrified wires that Buri cleverly managed to evade.