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10 exotic animals that have escaped their cages in Utah

Published: Thursday, June 27 2013 1:41 p.m. MDT

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Rusty the red panda's escape from the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Monday wasn't the only renegade outbreak over the past week.

Locally, Matilda, Tracy Aviary's Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, flew the coop Saturday afternoon during a training session and was found Tuesday evening.

But Matilda isn't the only escape artist from Utah. In a look back through history, it turns out several animals have escaped confinement in our neck of the woods. A number of animals ranging from an Asian elephant named Princess Alice, who was seen walking down 700 East, to a 3-year-old ocelot and an 18-foot-long, 220-pound Burmese python by the name of Julius Squeezer have performed their own Houdini-like feats over the years.

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