Rhino Attempts to Escape Florida Zoo

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MIAMI, FL - October 13, 2011 -

Officials say an Indian rhinoceros escaped from his enclosure at Zoo Miami but was returned a short time later.

Zoo officials say Juanpur, a 21-year-old male, got loose Wednesday afternoon. A Miami newspaper reports that zoo staff used several pickup trucks to herd the 4,640-pound animal back into his enclosure.

Officials determined a zoo keeper had not properly secured the gate. The rhinoceros bumped into the gate and walked into a service area. Officials say Juanpur was never in a public area. No injuries to patrons, zoo personnel or the animal were reported.

The rhino is on loan to Zoo Miami from the Baton Rouge Zoo in Louisiana. He has been in South Florida since 2003.

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