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Rocky in the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo on Thursday. (The Indianapolis Star | Matt Kryger)

Orangutans Rocky, Knobi escape, hide, dismantle web camera at Indy Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS – Two of the Indianapolis Zoo's new orangutans briefly escaped the primary enclosure.

Spokeswoman Carla Knapp says 9-year-old Rocky and a female named Knobi were discovered about 30 minutes after their escape. Neither made it to areas accessible to visitors, but they managed to dismantle a web camera.

Officials said zookeepers were able to lure them back into his primary enclosure.

Zoo officials said the animals never entered areas accessible to visitors. They say the zoo had about 60 visitors at the time and they were kept in a dolphin exhibit until Rocky was located.

The $26 million orangutan exhibit that's larger than two NFL football fields is scheduled to open to the public Memorial Day weekend.

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