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Animal Temporarily Escapes Habitat, Zoo Atlanta Investigating

Zoo officials said they are investigating how the animal, which is a type of endangered antelope, got out of its enclosure.

Tambo, an eastern bongo, temporarily escaped his habitat. PHOTO CREDIT: Zoo Atlanta
Tambo, an eastern bongo, temporarily escaped his habitat. PHOTO CREDIT: Zoo Atlanta

GRANT PARK — Zoo Atlanta was forced to temporarily lock down Wednesday, when Tambo, an adult male eastern bongo, briefly escaped his habitat, officials said.

Zoo officials said they are investigating how the animal, which is a type of endangered antelope, got out of its enclosure.

They added neither the animal, nor staff was hurt.

Zoo patrons were made to go to the nearest buildings during the lock down and none were hurt either.

The zoo's veterinary team tranquilized him and return him to his holding area, where he is recovering.

The incident comes a little more than three years after a venomous snake escaped the zoo in August of 2010.

The snake, a tiger rattlesnake, was killed by a nearby homeowner a few days after the escape, who who found it on his porch, some four feet from his son.

The from on their porch after finding it 4 feet from their toddler son.

That incident caused a row in Grant Park with some homeowners there and adjoining Ormewood Park demanding to know why the zoo didn't immediately alert the neighborhood.

Indeed, the snake was on the loose just as scores of people where in Grant Park for the three-day annual Summer Shade Festival.

At the time the zoo said it didn't want to cause a panic.

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