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    An "ingenious" 137-pound (62-kilogram) orang-utan used a branch to short-circuit an electric fence and escape from an Australian zoo only to change her mind and return to her enclosure.

    Karta came within a few yards (meters) of visitors, who were the first to notice the animal's escape bid Photo: EPA



    The ape, a 27-year-old female named Karta, jammed a stick into wires connected to the fence and then piled up debris to climb a concrete and glass wall at the Adelaide Zoo.
    Peter Whitehead, the zoo's curator, said: "You're talking about an animal that's highly intelligent.

    "We've had issues with her before in normal day-to-day operations where she tries to outsmart the keepers. She's an ingenious animal."

    Mr Whitehead told reporters that Karta sat on top of the fence for about 30 minutes before apparently changing her mind about the escape and climbing back into the enclosure.
    "I think when she actually got out and realised where she was ... she's realised she shouldn't be there so then she's actually hung onto the wall and dropped back into the exhibit," he said.
    Karta came within a few yards (meters) of visitors, who were the first to notice the animal's escape bid.
    Whitehead said the animal was not aggressive, but the zoo was cleared as a precaution, and veterinarians stood by with tranquilliser guns in case of trouble.
    Officials at the zoo in the southern city of Adelaide would conduct a "thorough review" of the escape bid and it was likely some vegetation that could be used in a future try for freedom would be removed from Karta's enclosure.
    The ape, a 27-year-old female named Karta, jammed a stick into wires connected to the fence and then piled up debris to climb a concrete and glass wall at the Adelaide Zoo.
    "We've had issues with her before in normal day-to-day operations where she tries to outsmart the keepers. She's an ingenious animal."
    Mr Whitehead told reporters that Karta sat on top of the fence for about 30 minutes before apparently changing her mind about the escape and climbing back into the enclosure.
    "I think when she actually got out and realised where she was ... she's realised she shouldn't be there so then she's actually hung onto the wall and dropped back into the exhibit," he said.
    Karta came within a few yards (meters) of visitors, who were the first to notice the animal's escape bid.
    Whitehead said the animal was not aggressive, but the zoo was cleared as a precaution, and veterinarians stood by with tranquilliser guns in case of trouble.
    Officials at the zoo in the southern city of Adelaide would conduct a "thorough review" of the escape bid and it was likely some vegetation that could be used in a future try for freedom would be removed from Karta's enclosure.

    Orang-utan short-circuits electric fence in Zoo 'escape' - Telegraph

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    That is so cute! She is bored & they better give her more to do!
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    *snicker* That's my city's zoo. The orang-utans have a huge enclosure though, plenty of food hidden around the place to find and stuff to climb on and things like that. Orang-utan conservation is one of the zoo's specialty projects.

    However, the dominant male orang-utan at the zoo died less than a month ago, leaving this female - who was his mate - and another male. Maybe she was looking for him, or acting out of grief, or something.

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