Koala escapes zoo enclosure

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KoalaSAN DIEGO – A koala escaped from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Tuesday, a zoo official confirmed.

Animal care staff discovered an empty enclosure at 9 a.m. and immediately started searching for the missing male Queensland koala, according to San Diego Zoo spokeswoman Jenny Mehlow.

The 2-year-old koala “Mundu” was found hanging out in a nearby tree on zoo property, she said.

Zookeepers were waiting for the zoo to close to the public to attempt to lure the koala down from the tree.

He’ll get a visual check by veterinarians, then he’ll go back into Australian Outback where he’ll be in an off exhibit area for observation, Mehlow said.

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