TAMPA, Fla. – An orangutan got out of his or her enclosure Friday afternoon at Busch Gardens Tampa, causing a social media frenzy as visitors tried to spot the primate on the run.
Many park visitors tweeted about the incident. Some saw the orangutan climbing trees and signs in the park. Others tweeted they had been evacuated or confined to specific areas of the park.
Well just witnessed a loose orangutan at Busch gardens 😂😂😂
— stay c (@staceylinkk) July 1, 2016
I'M AT BUSCH GARDENS AND THEY JUST MADE US EVACUATE CERTAIN AREAS OF THE PARK BECAUSE AN ORANGUTAN IS LOOSE 😂😂
— Amber Whitaker (@AmberAlerting) July 1, 2016
Orangutan escapes at Busch gardens Florida pic.twitter.com/GnoxZUru9m
— Bryan Clor (@gunners0720) July 1, 2016
— Chris Cato FOX 13 (@chriscato) July 1, 2016
Of course the comedians were out in full force as well:
— MarkTheShark (@MarkShark182) July 1, 2016
ESCAPED ORANGUTAN THIS IS NOT A JOKE THIS IS JUST FLORIDA https://t.co/Q3Ah2InaOK
— Hannah! (@hannahjeffrey34) July 1, 2016
The primate’s brief bid for freedom came to an end without incident, however. WJAX reported Friday afternoon that the orangutan was once again back in its enclosure.
UPDATE: Busch Gardens Orangutan is back in his enclosure. No longer roaming park in Tampa.
— John Bachman (@BachmanANjax) July 1, 2016