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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Oct 19, 2004
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Animal: Wildebeest
Animal Disposition: recaptured

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Category: Escape of animal, Animal Death by human
Species: Other

Summary: Five wildebeests escaped from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Rather than moving into the barn where they usually spent the winter, five of the zoo’s seven wildebeests ran toward the opposite end of the exhibit and broke through a gate in a 10-foot-high fence. Two wildebeests suffered severe breaks to their front legs and were euthanized. The remaining three leaped a 4-foot-wall and eluded zoo and city staff for 2-1/2 hours while they ran through nearby neighborhoods. The animals were finally tranquilized and returned to the zoo.

Source: www.fortwayne.com

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