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Zoo Placed on Lockdown After Hyenas Escape Enclosure
NBC San Diego ^ | Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 | Monica Garske

Posted on 03/10/2013 12:45:45 AM PST by nickcarraway

The San Diego Zoo was placed on lockdown Friday night after two striped hyenas escaped from their enclosure, zoo officials confirmed.

A source who wishes to remain anonymous told NBC 7 the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. The tipster believes the hyenas somehow jumped out of their enclosure.

The zoo’s public relations office confirmed the incident Saturday morning and told NBC 7 that two striped hyenas were able to get past one of the barriers inside their enclosure, temporarily escaping.

Worker at the zoo noticed the hyenas were not where they were supposed to be and, at that point, zookeepers came down to the enclosure.

Zoo officials say a lockdown for the zoo was immediately initiated following the escape as keepers worked to contain the animals. In an event like this, zoo officials say a lockdown is standard protocol.

The lockdown lasted approximately 30 minutes, according to zoo officials. Eventually, the two striped hyenas were darted with a sedative and taken to the veterinary care facility.

Zoo officials say the hyenas were never in contact with any humans and there was never any danger to zoo-goers. No injuries were reported.

The anonymous tipster told NBC 7 the zoo remained on lockdown for closer to an hour and half, rather than 30 minutes. The tipster also said a private party was happening on zoo grounds at the time of the incident. However, zoo officials said the area where this happened was nowhere near the private party.

Officials did not release any further details about how, exactly, the hyenas were able to get over the barrier. It is unknown if the barrier in question is a wall, moat or fence, as the hyena enclosure includes all different types of barriers.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
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This is no laughing matter.
1 posted on 03/10/2013 12:45:45 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Hyenas. The new drone.


2 posted on 03/10/2013 12:50:37 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: nickcarraway

No, but it seems the desire for freedom isn’t just a human instinct.


3 posted on 03/10/2013 12:50:48 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: nickcarraway

He had to get out to begin his run for the 2016 White House


4 posted on 03/10/2013 1:30:50 AM PST by faithhopecharity (()
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To: nickcarraway

Some people think that a pit bull’s bite is ferocious...try a hyena’s bite. Snapping bone is all in a day’s work for them.


5 posted on 03/10/2013 1:58:20 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Daffynition

Is that “drone” a Portuguese Water Hyena?


6 posted on 03/10/2013 3:07:10 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi
LOL.....I learned it from watching Disney movies.


7 posted on 03/10/2013 3:17:06 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: nickcarraway

Fierce Creatures...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCCgKecJCgY


8 posted on 03/10/2013 3:40:14 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: faithhopecharity
He had to get out to begin his run for the 2016 White House

Glowing stories in the Washington Post and New York Times by the middle of the week. Actually, it may take a little longer than that: there's an east coast shortage of typists who can turn Democratic [sic] party talking points into "news" stories in a timely manner.

9 posted on 03/10/2013 4:54:44 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: nickcarraway
This is no laughing matter.

LOL!!! Saw that coming a mile away and it was still LOL funny!

10 posted on 03/10/2013 5:02:22 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: nickcarraway

Two more illegal aliens are now loose in San Diego.


11 posted on 03/10/2013 5:07:15 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: nickcarraway
It is unknown if the barrier in question is a wall, moat or fence, as the hyena enclosure includes all different types of barriers.

Well, if they were out of the entire enclosure, then they must have gotten over all of those barriers.

On the other hand, if they had only gotten over one of the barriers, then the zoo wouldn't really have needed a lockdown, because they would still see the hyenas.

Since BOTH of them escaped, I'm guessing that someone left gates open. I could believe one lucky animal managing to take a perfect jump, but two at the same time? Had to be something -- either failure to lock up after feeding, or maybe a tree limb fell into the enclosure.

The San Diego zoo has really open exhibits. I'll have to look through my pictures to see if I can find a good one of the hyena exhibit.

12 posted on 03/10/2013 6:18:50 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: nickcarraway; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

And who was the Anonymous Tipster?

My money’s on Jack or Al.


13 posted on 03/10/2013 6:25:10 AM PDT by martin_fierro (LOLhyena)
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To: nickcarraway
About 5 years ago a tiger jumped a fence and killed a visitor to the San Francisco Zoo. SFPD killed the tiger with their Glock 22s.

I've always thought .40 S&W was a very sporting way to hunt bug cats.

14 posted on 03/10/2013 6:34:41 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: vetvetdoug

15 posted on 03/10/2013 6:34:42 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

Uh... Make that “big cats”.


16 posted on 03/10/2013 6:36:26 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: nickcarraway

Apparently we’ve had a sudden jump in the evolutionary process.

Animals can now pick locks.


17 posted on 03/10/2013 7:02:09 AM PDT by WCH
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To: nickcarraway

18 posted on 03/10/2013 7:43:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro; nickcarraway; Charles Henrickson

Searching hyena low for a retort w/o much laug- ..er, luck.


19 posted on 03/10/2013 9:36:51 AM PDT by mikrofon (Toothy Smile :=)
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To: vetvetdoug
try a hyena’s bite.

Oh I HATE that when that happens.

20 posted on 03/10/2013 10:49:11 AM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

Last I saw, Hyenas were put into the cat family!


21 posted on 03/10/2013 11:01:27 AM PDT by Does so (Progressives Don't Know the Meaning of INFRINGED...)
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To: nickcarraway

I was going to say the zoo now looks like a laughingstock, but I guess I’m too late...


22 posted on 03/10/2013 12:57:33 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

It may not have been “nested” barriers, i.e., an inner enclosure with moat, a middle enclosure with wall, and an outer enclosure with a fence. Instead it may be the one enclosure had parts of all three comprising it. Perhaps the front of the enclosure was a fence, the rear a wall and the sides had moats. So, it may not be a case of them having had to cross all three types of barriers. Still, some failure happened somewhere...


23 posted on 03/10/2013 1:04:25 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Standing Wolf

Yes indeed, you know what to expect from the (once better) NYTimes and the WashingPost.
yes indeed.
Once minor point, the typists do not have to do anything to convert Demo party talking points into news articles.
They only need to know how to hit the “copy” or “scan” key


24 posted on 03/10/2013 1:58:58 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: vetvetdoug

How man times has one bitten you?


25 posted on 03/10/2013 3:06:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I helped do a Cesarean on a hyena from the local zoo. I ran anesthesia...and had to intubate it. I never was bitten but got an appreciation of the jaw muscles and the power in that mouth.
26 posted on 03/10/2013 7:34:26 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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