Tapir escaper at the Denver Zoo! Keepers return animal within minutes

Ten acres of habitat just wasn't enough for Rinny the tapir.

This morning, the 800-pound black-and-white mammal briefly escaped from her new home at the Denver Zoo's brand new exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, and went on an adventure to a fenced-in landscape area. Rinny's entire excursion lasted five minutes and did not include fraternizing with zoo guests.

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