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Rhinoceros Juanpur

(Source: Ron Magill/Zoo Miami)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – It’s not every day that you lose track of a rhinoceros, but at Zoo Miami Wednesday, an Indian Rhinoceros did a disappearing act from its enclosure.

Zoo staffers immediately began searching the complex to re-secure the rhino. Luckily, the rhino never made it to any areas with the public and according to zoo staffers, never presented a direct threat to any patrons.

The rhino, named Juanpur, is a 21-year-old male Indian rhinoceros that is on loan to Zoo Miami from the Baton Rouge Zoo in Louisiana. Juanpur has been at Zoo Miami since 2003.

All entrances and exits were secured during the escape and all visitors were taken to secure areas until the rhino was found.

Zoo Miami said that the initial investigation is pointing to human error for the rhino breakout, but a more extensive investigation is underway to provide final details on what gave the rhino his temporary freedom.

It’s not the first time Zoo Miami has had an animal make a break for it.

On March 10, 2011, an Asian Guar also escaped from its exhibit. The brief escape forced Zoo Miami to euthanize the camel a week later.

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