These 10 Brilliant Animal Escape Artists Have Proved No Zoo Can Hold Them Down

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For the most part, zoo animals have a pretty easy-going life in their little habitat, getting personally fed every day and receiving medical care from on-site staff. But those snacks and tummy rubs don”t do much to keep the animals from being bored. A life in captivity isn”t the same as one in the wild.

It seems some of the more crafty critters spend their time plotting jail breaks. Here are some of the wildest zoo animal escapes that sounded like a roar of a good time for the zoo keepers.

In 1964, the San Francisco zoo had a mass breakout that involved 13 buffalo, a rodent called an agouti and 300 pound hippopotamus. Apparently, hippos are faster sprinters than you”d think.

In 1964, the San Francisco zoo had a mass breakout that involved 13 buffalo, a rodent called an agouti and 300 pound hippopotamus. Apparently, hippos are faster sprinters than you

Sneaky, sneaky hippos.

Known as the “Hairy Houdini,” Ken Allen was an orangutan and escape artist. He managed to escape from his pen in the San Diego zoo three different times. The odd thing was, once on the other side, he didn”t really go anywhere, as if his escape was just a game.

Known as the "Hairy Houdini," Ken Allen was an orangutan and escape artist. He managed to escape from his pen in the San Diego zoo three different times. The odd thing was, once on the other side, he didn

Personally, I don”t trust apes who have first and last names like people do.

A lone wolf named Virginia consistently outwitted staff of the Los Angeles Zoo by climbing trees and escaping her pen in 1979. It is disconcertingly unknown whether or not she was eventually captured.

A lone wolf named Virginia consistently outwitted staff of the Los Angeles Zoo by climbing trees and escaping her pen in 1979. It is disconcertingly unknown whether or not she was eventually captured.

Oh cool, it”s not like wolves are historically and mythologically scary killing monsters or anything. Should be fine.

Everyone knows penguins can”t fly, but that didn”t stop one of the Humboldt penguins of Tokyo Sea Life Park, who somehow scaled a 13 story wall and lived 82 days out in the real world before zookeepers finally caught him.

Everyone knows penguins can

Eighty-two days? You could learn to tap dance in that amount of time.

At one point, the Bronx Zoo”s Egyptian cobra had escaped and the city was not happy. It was finally found just outside the reptile house, which was a relief to New Yorkers, who are now back to just worrying about the rats, mice, bed bugs, and roaches that plague the city.

At one point, the Bronx Zoo

Really hope the cobra devoured a few pigeons at least.

A plank was accidentally left across a moat that surrounds the monkey pit at Frank Buck”s Jungle Camp Animal Park in Long Island, allowing a monkey named Capone to lead 172 of his rhesus friends to their escape. At one point, they even held up the Long Island Railroad.

A plank was accidentally left across a moat that surrounds the monkey pit at Frank Buck

I”ve seen this movie. Save us James Franco!

In 1965, the London Zoo”s beloved eagle, “Goldie” escaped and made Regent Park his new kingdom, swooping around and causing all kinds of chaos to the surrounding roads as people stopped to gaze at his majesty. He was eventually caught after being enticed by a dead rabbit.

In 1965, the London Zoo

This guy looks like he could easily fly off with a medium sized child.

In 1958, a silly sea lion named Cyril from the Storybook Gardens Zoo in Ontario embarked on a harrowing journey when he escaped from his pen and somehow ended up in splashing around a boathouse in Ohio.

In 1958, a silly sea lion named Cyril from the Storybook Gardens Zoo in Ontario embarked on a harrowing journey when he escaped from his pen and somehow ended up in splashing around a boathouse in Ohio.

Evelyn the gorilla is notorious for escaping from her home at the Los Angeles Zoo. So far, she has escaped five times, each in a new, more clever way. One time, for instance, she climbed on the (silver) back of her gorilla friend, Jim, to get over the pen wall.

Evelyn the gorilla is notorious for escaping from her home at the Los Angeles Zoo. So far, she has escaped five times, each in a new, more clever way. One time, for instance, she climbed on the (silver) back of her gorilla friend, Jim, to get over the pen wall.

So far as we know, Evelyn had no desire to climb any skyscrapers upon her escape.

In 2013, Rusty, the National Zoo”s red panda escaped from his habitat, which lies in the middle of Washington DC. The zoo took to Twitter, and after a few days Rusty was spotted moseying around a nearby residential neighborhood.

In 2013, Rusty, the National Zoo

If I found him in my yard, I definitely would not report it to the zoo and just raise him as my baby.

I think if an animal escapes a certain amount of times he/she should be able to stay out of his pen as long as he doesn”t hurt anyone. Obviously some of them are blood thirsty carnivores, but why you gotta keep Ken Allen from chilling, huh?

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