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Orangutan Escapes Enclosure at Florida Park, Is Captured

by Phil Helsel /  / Updated 
This photo taken by a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay patron shows an orangutan loose inside the park in Tampa, Fla., Jul 1, 2016.
This photo taken by a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay patron shows an orangutan loose inside the park in Tampa, Fla., Jul 1, 2016.Nicholas James Scodary / Instagram

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An orangutan was tranquilized and recaptured after it escaped an enclosure at a Florida theme park, authorities said.

The female orangutan was seen on social media climbing a tree after getting out of its habitat at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Friday, and park officials cleared the area.

"The animal care team responded immediately and the animal is back safely and securely in the habitat without incident,” Busch Gardens spokesperson Karen Varga-Sinka said in a statement. “The safety of our guests, employees and animals is our number one priority.”

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer told NBC affiliate WFLA that the animal was tranquilized and placed back in its enclosure.

A different orangutan got out of its enclosure at Busch Gardens on June 16, the station reported. The animal was loose for about an hour in that incident.

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