800-pound animal escapes from zoo enclosure; 2 injured

Har-Lee, an 800-pound Takin escaped briefly from its enclosure, in a photo provided by the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – An 800-pound animal described as a “goat-antelope” that escaped its enclosure at a Rhode Island zoo was captured by the time the zoo opened for visitors.

The takin escaped just after 9 a.m. Tuesday and was captured by trained zoo staff an hour later at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence.

A zoo spokeswoman says it started when a veterinary team approached the takin for a routine hoof procedure. The animal charged the heavy reinforced doors multiple times, finally breaking through onto zoo grounds.

The horned animal named Har-Lee was sedated and taken back to an enclosure.

One animal keeper and one veterinary intern were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

Zoo officials say the takin is doing fine. Takins are native to the eastern Himalayas.

 

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