These Animal Escape Artists Can Give Houdini a Run for His Money – 10 Pictures + 2 Videos

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Animals can sometimes be very mischievous and there have been many cases where some of them have escaped from a zoo, but only a chosen few of them can truly be considered escape artists. So, without further ado, we will now take a look at some of the most famous escape artists from the animal world.

Fu Manchu, the orangutan

Fu Manchu is not the only orangutan on our list, which means that these animals are true escape artists. Fu Manchu didn’t actually escape from the Omaha Zoo where he was a resident, but he was, more than once, found outside of his exhibit. His lock-picking skills became legendary after Zoo officials installed surveillance cameras to see how he gets out of his exhibit. It turned out that he was able to unlock the doors that employees used with a tiny piece of metal wiring he always kept hidden in his mouth! I guess he was a true animal Houdini.

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Masala, the red panda

This sweet red panda caused quite the commotion in 2015 when she escaped her exhibit in the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California. It is believed that she somehow managed to scale the fence and get out. More than 200 volunteers joined the search and after more than 2 days of looking, the mischievous little bugger was finally found by a local resident. He saw Masala wandering around and called the police. Two hours later, after some persuasion with bamboo treats, Masala was finally brought back to the safety of her enclosure.

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Egyptian cobra at the Bronx Zoo

An unnamed cobra slithered out from the Bronx Zoo in 2011, which made her a true Internet and media celebrity. Her anonymous Twitter account reached almost 200,000 followers and people tuned in on a regular basis to see whether she had been found. After five days of intensive search, the cobra turned up in the reptile house, and it turned out that she was actually inside the nonpublic area of the reptile house all along.

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Kumbuka, the silverback gorilla

When a 400-pound gorilla gets out of his zoo enclosure, chaos is bound to ensue. That is exactly what happened in 2016 in London’s ZSL Zoo when Kumbuka escaped his enclosure, causing the zoo to go into the lockdown mode for two hours until he was tranquilized and taken back to his enclosure. However, Kumbuka didn’t actually get out of his enclosure by breaking the door or unlocking it, he just went into stealth mode when he saw the opportunity to get out due to the security failure.

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Cyril, the sea lion

Another escaping incident occurred in London, but this time not in England, but in London, Ontario. In 1958, a sea lion called Cyril pulled off a remarkable escape by swimming away from his enclosure in Storybook Gardens Zoo. He went on a long journey through the Lake Erie, then across the border and ended up in Sandusky, Ohio. After spending some time at the Toledo Zoo, he was sent back to his home in Canada.

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