Tiger Escapes from Florida Zoo (VIDEO)

And here’s yet another bad zoo story.

At Jungle Island, a Florida zoo, a gibbon ape named Watson escaped while being carried outside the tiger area. He started to taunt Mahesh, a 700-pound tiger, whose area is behind a 12-foot-high fence.

Mahesh got excited and jumped over the fence to chase Watson. He landed among a large crowd of visitors, many of whom fled to a nearby barn.

No one was hurt and Mahesh was quickly captured. But the zoo will probably face criminal charges and a fine for letting animals escape. But is that enough? 


Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar

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beverly gannon
beverly gannon4 years ago

this is disgusting keeping animals caged all the time. its CRUEL. no wonder they wanna escape. Their couped up they need freedom to roam thats their nature not caged in a little area for peeps to peer at them all day. All this enclose looks too small for any animal. I dont agree with caging ANY wild animal its all getting out of hand with animals in this vile becoming world.

Sally M.
Sally M.4 years ago

The enclosure is way too small if that was the extent of it's habitat! And yes, why are they showing a lion? Didn't this reporter know the difference? How is this legal to have such wild and beautiful animals penned in tiny enclosures?

Gary Hill
Gary H.5 years ago

The Tiger Enclosure appears to be far too small for such a large animal. If Tigers, and other large wild animals are to be continued to be allowed to be kept in zoo's their enclosures should be increased by law, in line with recommendations made by organisations such as the WWF. This case would appear to be as a result of a complete underestimation, and understanding of the animal in question, plus incompetence on the the part of the keeper who allowed the monkey to tease it!

Carol Cowbrough
Carol Cowbrough5 years ago

The tiger should be put back into the wild.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

ZOOS should be shut down permanently. Capturing wild animals and keeping them caged is slavery. In generations to come, people will marvel at our closed-minded bigotry in thinking ourselves "above" other life on this planet. ZOOS AND CIRCUSES ARE ANTIQUATED AND CRUEL.

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

Too bad

Agnes W.
Agnes W.5 years ago


Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago

Glad it ended without injuries.

Deborah M.
Deborah M.5 years ago

The first picture is definately a Tiger, but the video shows a Lion, NOT a Tiger!! What's up?

caroline c.
caroline c.5 years ago

hmm, this is confusing.............. are we trying to protect the humans or the animals?? whose side are we really on........