Advertisement
 
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsEscapes

Orangutan Enjoys Brief Taste of Freedom

November 08, 1988|From Times Wire Services

SAN DIEGO — Her escape was nowhere near as clever as some of her previous escapades, but Kumang got out of her enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on Monday for 20 minutes until attendants subdued her with a tranquilizer gun.

Kumang, an 11-year-old, 100-pound female orangutan, has now been on the lam four times.

In previous escapes, Kumang has used sticks to neutralize the current in the enclosure's electrified fence. And once, she and Jane, her orangutan girlfriend, used a mop handle to help in climbing out.

In her latest attempt, Kumang apparently found a spot in a rock wall to clamber over and out until zoo workers caught up with her.

Kumang has now surpassed the record of her mate, Ken Allen, who escaped from the enclosure three times in one year.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|