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Sneaky orangutans escape, toy with humans

Orangutans Escape, Play Hide-N-Seek

Rocky and Knobi decided to investigate their new surroundings at the Indianapolis Zoo.

First, they dismantled a web camera. Then they went off to explore another (off limits) part of the enclosure.

But Indianapolis Zoo Spokeswoman Karen Burns says this isn't entirely surprising.

"We expected the orangs to have this kind of behavior. We know they will test and will find any weak link in the chain. We opened the exhibit early so we could have the opportunity to do this and explore before the public has access to the exhibit."

Zoo officials say at no point could guests have been in contact with the pair: they likened the situation to when toddlers get out of their rooms and hide.

They may have been missing for about 30 minutes, but they never left the house ... and it took a simple treat to lure them back.

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solah7 March 29 2014 at 3:01 PM


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davandsher March 29 2014 at 7:37 PM

orangutans in many cases are smarter than their keepers.

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no1trini March 29 2014 at 12:18 PM

Shall we say "all Monkey Business"!!

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Jack March 29 2014 at 7:22 PM

Animals don't like being locked up any more than we humans do. And the zoo keeper just laughs at their efforts to be free.

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oujoou March 29 2014 at 10:52 AM

Wow. ' . . . a simple treat to lure them back.' Super smart . . . a weakness for food. I might be part orangutan. :(

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violetvalerieviolet oujoou March 29 2014 at 1:05 PM

thats ok i think at least half the posters here are all orangutan :)

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madddddddddddddd March 29 2014 at 11:25 AM

monkey business???????????????

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lov2elkhnt March 29 2014 at 6:30 PM

Oh look over in the corner, they've been reading a copy of 1984. Looks like the Orangutans got Orwell's point.

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ivyteainn March 29 2014 at 6:04 PM

Hell half the kids at the local high school can't do this.

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wtanobuh ivyteainn March 29 2014 at 7:06 PM

Too busy pulling their pants up.

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dsdollca March 29 2014 at 4:22 PM

I would hope that is not their final situation. There should be lots of greens and trees for them to be in. You should copy the San Diego Zoo if you must have them. Their own country has cut down so much of the jungle there is no place for them to live. They are such wonderful creatures and should be treated properly.

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freekmeout March 29 2014 at 11:06 PM

these orangutans just want to be free, free to live their lives on their own terms in their natural environment. same as u and me. zoos are just prisons for animals, animals who likely didnt do anything to deserve to be in prison. and we call ourselves 'civilized'...

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