Antelope breaks railing, escapes enclosure at Baton Rouge Zoo

Zoo crews repair animal enclosure after antelope escapes exhibit

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Crews had to repair an animal enclosure after an antelope escaped its exhibit.

According to a spokesperson for the zoo, a male Nile Lechwe, an endangered species of antelope, was startled and hurdled out of his exhibit at around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, breaking a portion of the railing.

The lechwe is a little over 3-years-old and weighs about 200 lbs. According to the zoo, this particular species of antelope is known to be high strung and nervous.

The animal was chemically immobilized about 15 minutes after its escape.

The antelope will remain off exhibit until further evaluation of the exhibit can take place. As of about 2 p.m., the railing was repaired.

There were no injuries to staff or guests.

The zoo is praising their ongoing training efforts and the quick response by staff members for the safe containment and return of the animal.

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