Yes, seriously – Taylor Swift escaped from her enclosure at the zoo over the weekend. Taylor Swift is a 1-year-old bongo calf – an antelope. She lives in an enclosure in the zoo with her mother, Penny.
The escape happened yesterday (10-14-18) afternoon, but didn’t last very long. The zoo was open to the public at the time, and zoo officials quickly made an announcement. You could either evacuate the zoo, or take cover in the gift shop. The animal made her way into the “common area” of the zoo, where guests walk around. We’re assuming that means the general path we all use to walk through the zoo. “I’m just glad we’re safe… All today I saw enclosures that didn’t seem as secure as I’d imagine them to be, so that was kind of concerning to me,” says one visiter, Jessica Serota, yesterday. Nobody was hurt during the escape. Zoo officials haven’t determined how Taylor Swift got out of her enclosure.
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Sunday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Sacramento Zoo’s one-year-old female Eastern bongo, Taylor Swift, breached her exhibit space that she was sharing with her mom, Penny. Staff responded rapidly enacting the zoo’s emergency response protocol and securing the front gate and escorting guests to the front of the zoo. No staff or visitors were harmed during the incident. In less than 15 minutes, zoo staff was able to gently guide the bongo calf to her off-exhibit enclosure where she is being monitored. After an initial assessment, the zoo’s associate veterinarian, Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema determined that the young bongo sustained minor abrasions during the incident but is otherwise unharmed and appears healthy. At this time, it is not clear exactly how (or why) the calf was able to breach her exhibit. The Sacramento Zoo works to increase awareness of conservation issues that affect eastern bongos and other large animals in African habitats. For more than 20 years the Sacramento Zoo has actively participated in Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Eastern Bongo Species Survival Plan® to cooperatively manage this Critically Endangered species.
Zoo officials say that within 15 minutes, Taylor Swift was “gently” guided back into her enclosure. The zoo associate veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema says that Taylor Swift did have a few minor cuts after the incident, but otherwise was totally fine. This escape comes not long after it was determined that the zoo is looking for a new, larger location. There was also a report that the enclosures are “small and outdated.” All of the information on this story can be found here.