Orangutan Tries To Flee LA Zoo, 3,000 Sent Toward The Exit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An orangutan tried to escape from his enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo yesterday, forcing about 3,000 visitors to head for the exit.

Zoo officials say Bruno the orangutan punched a hole through a mesh that surrounds his habitat. He was free for about 20 minutes until a handler saw him in a holding area behind the cage.

Bruno never made it into the zoo's public area, but his escape prompted park officials to herd visitors toward the front of the zoo.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-18-08 0434EDT

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