12 Zoos That Lost Control Of Their Animals

12. Berani the Orangutan

This Sumatran orangutan displayed a high level of intelligence to get out of his enclosure at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo. In September 2009, Berani broke out for 10 minutes to wander around the park.
12. Berani the Orangutan

11. Juan the Andean spectacled Bear

Bears are feared for their sheer strength and those claws and teeth. But these beasts are also pretty smart. In 2004, Juan decided to make a run from his cage at the Berlin Zoo. Hopping on a log, he sailed across the moat which was designed to keep the bears in the enclosure, and scaled a wall to get free.
11. Juan the Andean spectacled Bear

10. The Bronx Zoo Cobra

In March 2011, a 20 inch Egyptian Cobra escaped from its enclosure from the Bronx Zoo.
10. The Bronx Zoo Cobra

9. The Tokyo Bay Penguin

In February 2012, a one year-old Humboldt penguin from the Tokyo Sea Life Park escaped from the park to try the local cuisine. Scaling a 13-foot high wall, it tunneled through a barbed wire fence and dove into the nearby Tokyo Bay.
9. The Tokyo Bay Penguin

8. The Nandankanan Zoo Tiger

In 2013, keepers at Nandankanan Zoo in India found they had “acquired” a male Bengal tiger. Apparently, he had sauntered into the zoo to visit the resident female tiger. Instead of freeing the tiger, the zoo opened the female enclosure and let him in.
8. The Nandankanan Zoo Tiger

7. Satara the Rhino

You wouldn’t want to be caught on the wrong end of a charging rhino, would you?
7. Satara the Rhino

6. Flamingos

Don’t be fooled by their frail looking appearance, these majestic birds are much hardier than they look. Flamingos in captivity only stay in captivity for one reason: their wings are clipped. Once a zoo keeper forgets to clip their wings, they are off like a rocket. Described as being bomb-proof, they have been found to survive in almost any conditions.
6. Flamingos

5. Reggie the Alligator

Alligators are often defined by their sharp teeth and beady eyes, but an impressive brain lies under that scaly skull. Just look at Reggie who was given up by his first owners. By given up, they released him into a lake in LA in 2005. The city of LA wasn’t too keen on having a six foot gator surfing the waterways, so they hired zookeepers and professionals to snag Reggie.
5. Reggie the Alligator

4. Evelyn and Jim, the Gorillas

These gorillas had a thing for breaking out of their enclosure. Whether it’s by hopping on other gorillas shoulders to be able to reach the tops of the walls, using vines to swing across 12 foot wide moats or ripping doors off hinges and squeezing through, these gorillas show resourcefulness and smarts.
4. Evelyn and Jim, the Gorillas

3. Tatiana the Tiger

The Siberian tiger is one of the largest species of cats. In the wild, full grown bears have been observed changing their regular paths when they come across tiger trails. They even “control” the population of wolves in their immediate habitat.
3. Tatiana the Tiger

2. Muskingum County Animal Farm Massacre

The Zanesville incident of 2011 brought the cruel reality of exotic pet owners to public light. Due to Ohio’s lenient laws regarding keeping exotic animals, Terry Thompson had built up an impressive private zoo.
2. Muskingum County Animal Farm Massacre

1. Tbilisi Zoo

On June 14, 2015, heavy rainfall caused the Vere stream to overflow and flood the city of Tbilisi, Georgia. It was discovered that the entire animal population in the city zoo had either been drowned in flooded enclosures or had been swept out and into the town.
1. Tbilisi Zoo