Orangutan in Florida – level 3
Scenes from inside an animal theme park in Florida as an orangutan escapes from its enclosure. The female, called Luna, managed to break out of her habitat at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay and started climbing trees just yards (metres) from visitors. At one point, she dropped to the floor and sat on a display board prompting screams from some of those standing nearby.
Eighteen-year-old Luna had to be tranquillised so keepers could recapture her safely and place her back in her enclosure. While this was happening, the park evacuated visitors.
Busch Gardens later released a statement saying the safety of our guests, employees and animals is our number one priority.
It’s not yet emerged how Luna managed to get out of her habitat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is understood to be carrying out an investigation.
Difficult words: enclosure (a closed in area with a fence or walls for an animal to live inside), habitat (where an animal lives), prompt (cause), tranquillise (something which makes you sleep), emerge (become known).
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