Sparks zoo lockdown reports of escaped animals

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A Sydney zoo was abruptly locked down on Friday morning amid reports of an escaped animal.

Visitors to Sydney Zoo in Bungarribee, in the west of the city, were reportedly barred from entering the compound, triggering the alarm.

A man told Sydney 2gb radio that people were told to stay in their vehicles.

“It’s getting crowded now… people everywhere,” he said.

“They are insisting that you get into your car a little.”

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The zoo is a popular attraction in western Sydney. Photo: Facebook / Sydney Zoo

The zoo subsequently denied reports of an animal leak and confirmed what triggered the sudden lockdown.

“The Sydney Zoo is sad to announce the death of Mogli, a beloved member of our chimpanzee troop. Mogli was found in the chimpanzee habitat this morning by our team, ”he said in a Facebook post.

“We are currently investigating the circumstances and once the information is known we will make a new statement.

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“We would like to confirm that media reports on an escaped animal are false. The team is in a state of shock and deep grief. “

The TBEN reported that emotional staff at the zoo were seen comforting each other as the animal’s body was fished from a pond around 10:30 a.m.

It was then wrapped in a tarp and transported to a warehouse inside the zoo grounds.

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The zoo, Sydney’s second, opened in December 2019.

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