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Bomb Threat False Alarm at National Zoo Triggers Ape Escape Rumors

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A young Lowland Gorilla eats bamboo in his enclosure March 20, 2014 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Karen Bleier—AFP/Getty Images

Authorities evacuated an area of the zoo in response to a bomb threat

As a main area of Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo was evacuated Friday, zoo-goers took to Twitter to announce that they were being evacuated because an ape had escaped — though that turned out not to be the case.

But, in the end, all of the mammals were in their pens. The Zoo had evacuated the area in response to a bomb threat in “an abundance of caution,” according to a spokesperson. The area was cleared by police, and no bombs were found.

The whole incident, though reminds us of this time a panda escaped from the zoo:

 

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