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Rhino gets loose at the Omaha Zoo; everyone, including rhino, is fine

'Hectic afternoon' at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Posted at 2:09 PM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 20:15:24-04

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.

SEE ALSO: Henry Doorly Zoo celebrating 2nd birthday of Indian rhinoceros calf Marshall

RELATED: Zoo celebrates first birthday of endangered rhino

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