Visitors Take Shelter In Monkey House As Polar Bears Make Daring Escape At Cincinnati Zoo

Eric Owens | Editor

A pair of polar bears have been captured after busting out of an enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The hubbub occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, reports regional Fox affiliate WJW.

The two female polar bears, “Berit” and “Little One,” bolted after spotting an open den door in their containment area.

The entire incident took place “behind the scenes” at the zoo, staffers promised.

“The double-containment system that we have in place in the polar bear exhibit worked,” zoo director Thane Maynard told Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT. “The bears entered an inappropriate area, but did not leave the building and the public was never at risk.”

Nevertheless, as a precaution, zoo employees either directed all guests indoors or urged them to “shelter in place” for the duration of the escape.

Naturally, guests whipped out their mobile phones and announced the situation on Twitter.

Sullivan and his companions ended up enjoying the monkey house quite a bit.

Zoo officials ultimately released a statement.

“There is no risk to staff or visitors in the park, but as a precaution guests were moved indoors,” the statement said. “Visitors are safe to leave the park if they choose. There are no injuries to animal staff or visitors. We are currently working on resolving the situation.”

No zoo visitors — or bears — were hurt in the kerfuffle.

“We have a number of keepers that work in our bear line,” Maynard, the zoo director, told WLWT. “We have three different species and they are aware of where those animals are, and when they noticed it was in the wrong place, they alerted security and veterinary teams.”

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