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Bengal tiger briefly escapes from enclosure at Indian zoo

The Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, India, was evacuated for a short time when a Bengal tiger escaped from its enclosure by breaking through a rusted section of wire fence. The tiger was safely contained and the zoo reopened. Photo by jdross75/Shutterstock
The Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, India, was evacuated for a short time when a Bengal tiger escaped from its enclosure by breaking through a rusted section of wire fence. The tiger was safely contained and the zoo reopened. Photo by jdross75/Shutterstock

Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Officials at a zoo in India confirmed a royal Bengal tiger escaped from its enclosure, leading to an evacuation of the facility.

The Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar said a tiger named Suraj escaped from the Tiger Safari exhibit by breaking through a rusted section of wire.

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Visitors were quickly evacuated from the zoo, and Suraj was located wandering outside the enclosures at the Tiger Safari exhibit.

The big cat was wrangled back into the enclosure and the hole in the fence was repaired, officials said.

Nandankanan Zoological Park Deputy Director Sanjeet Kumar said visitors were allowed back inside the zoo once the all-clear was sounded.

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