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Cheetah escaped from exhibit in Indianapolis zoo

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago September 06, 2015 Sep 6, 2015 Sunday, September 06 2015 September 06, 2015 5:55 PM in News
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Zoo officials are investigating how a cheetah managed to escape from its enclosure, spurring an hour-long lockdown of zoo guests while staff found and tranquilized the animal.

Visitors to the zoo just west of downtown Indianapolis were told to seek shelter about 9:30 a.m. Sunday after the cheetah escaped.

Zoo spokeswoman Judy Palermo says staffers found the cheetah named Pounce lying in a landscaped area outside its exhibit but still behind a barrier that kept it out of the public space.

Zoo staffers used a tranquilizer dart to subdue the cheetah, which then ran back to its exhibit. The zoo's lockdown ended about 10:30 a.m.

Palermo says the zoo's cheetahs will be kept out of the exhibit until it's determined how Pounce escaped.

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