Given the current state of the world, let me be the first to say it: I, for one, welcome our new ape overlords.
The Planet of the Apes movies aren’t a reality… yet, but proof that primates are getting antsy surfaced on Sunday in South Carolina. A male orangutan at the Greenville Zoo escaped his enclosure, prompting a brief lockdown while zoo staff attended to the matter.
All of this played out rather quickly, so thankfully there are no videos of an orangutan running amok and terrorizing zoo attendees. The escape itself, however, was captured on video by a witness identified by Fox Carolina as “Emilie S.”
For those having a hard time sussing out what’s going on here: our orangutan friend, named Kumar, managed to snap a wire holding together the net at the top of the enclosure. He then unraveled the net enough to make a hole big enough for his orangutan self to fit through.
Everything about this video is perfect, from the Kumar’s escape to the human commentary playing behind it. And, of course, the fact that this story has a happy ending no one was harmed, not even the ape.
The breakout was reported quickly, and the ape never made his way into the park area where guests would be. Zoo staff corralled human attendees into the gift shop and then used water hoses to clear all the orangutans out of the enclosure for long enough to fix the netting.
The lockdown lasted just 30 minutes, and the only casualty was the exhibit itself: the zoo shut it down temporarily, presumably to make sure this whole incident wouldn’t be repeated.