OMAHA, Neb (KMTV) — On Tuesday afternoon a rhino was briefly missing at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Guests were ushered into zoo buildings as a precautionary measure, but he wasn't in a guest area and there was no danger to guests, staff or students at the zoo preschool.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium held a live press conference regarding the escape:
He is back in his pen, safe and sound, according to zoo officials. Keepers lured the adult, bull rhino into his pen with treats such as sweet potatoes.
A zoo spokeswoman told 3 News Now that it was a "hectic afternoon."
Jontu, the bull Indian rhino who fathered baby Marshall, has been confirmed as the escape artist.
That didn't stop visitors from having a little fun.
At the Omaha Zoo. Rhino got loose. 10/10. Best zoo ever.— Cameron Little (@ClisterVision) September 7, 2021
@omaha_scanner stuck in a building at the Zoo. Code red, rhino is out and loose.— Jack.Barna (@jackbarna) September 7, 2021
Watching trainers struggle as he is just to forge some new grass🤦🏽♂️
I'm at the zoo and the rhino got out. I love Omaha.— Gatorade Should Be Thicker. (@WinslowDumaine) September 7, 2021
schools in omaha were on lockdown a few minutes ago because a rhino escaped from the zoo and that is pretty good— Geppetto San Martín (@SmalltimeJones) September 7, 2021
Concerned at first, but the staff was wonderful ushered them into a safe location. They got to spend extra time in the Gorilla exhibit. No one was scared and then they got out after the rhino went back in his exhibit.— drkstar82 (@drkstar82) September 7, 2021