A giant tortoise at a Japanese zoo has been found after escaping from her enclosure two weeks ago.
She hadn’t got very far after making her escape – she was only 140 metres from the park.
Abuh vanished from Shibukawa Animal Park in Okayama in early August, having been allowed to walk freely around the zoo.
She saw her chance for freedom and went for it – albeit very slowly indeed.
Abuh was found chilling in some nearby shrubbery, according to Japanese media.
She should have made more of her time on the “run” like these guys did.
This gorilla drank five liters of undiluted squash
Kumbuka lives at London Zoo but had a taste of freedom (and strong blackcurrant) when he escaped from his enclosure in 2016.
After a door was left unsecured during feeding time, he made his escape but only made it as far as a storage area, where he drank five litres of undiluted squash.
Keepers tranquilised Kumbuka and returned to his pen, but they probably could have waited for the sugar crash.
A penguin enjoyed months of glorious freedom
A one-year-old humbolt penguin escaped over the 3.9m (13ft) walls and barbed wire fences of Tokyo Sea Life Park and decided he would live in Tokyo Bay in 2012.
Memorably named Penguin 337, he spent several months enjoying life just a stone’s throw from his former captors.
Keepers had worried about his chances of survival when he escaped, but 337 proved them all wrong.
Rusty the red panda went sightseeing in Washington
Up to 19 million tourists are estimated to visit Washington DC every year, and Rusty the red panda was among that number in June 2013.
A few weeks after a transfer to Smithsonian National Zoo, Rusty spent a summer morning exploring the streets after breaking out of his enclosure.
Rusty was photographed by people living in Washington DC who realized this fluffy ball of adorable wasn’t meant to be wandering the streets and he was returned to the zoo in the early afternoon.
Ken Allen, the ‘Hairy Houdini
Even as a cute young orangutan at San Diego zoo, Ken was a master escapologist, unscrewing the bolts in his pen at night and having a little stroll around the nursery.
He would then return – and screw the bolts back together, so it took a while before his keepers caught him.
As an adult, Ken even taught another orangutan to use a stick as a crowbar and escape – but his ambition never stretched beyond having a stroll around the zoo grounds, to the delight of tourists.
The wild tiger who checked himself into the zoo – and back out again
Indian zookeepers got a surprise when a male tiger came from the jungle and decided to break in.
But instead of trying to tranquilise him, the keepers had a better idea: they simply opened the gate to their female tiger’s enclosure and the wild beast couldn’t resist going straight in.
He happily moved in for a month, but clearly got bored – escaping just as easily as he’d arrived, never to be seen again.
- Now how about human beings when given the same opportunity..what will they use their freedom for ?