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(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Zoo was on lockdown Sunday morning after a cheetah escaped from its enclosure, the zoo said.

The cheetah went up behind a fence and to a landscape area between the barrier exhibit and guests, the zoo’s Public Relations Senior Manager Judy Palermo said.

The zoo was placed on lockdown, Palermo said, and all guests were held in safe areas with the doors locked until the cheetah could be gotten back into its enclosure. All guests and staff were safe, said Palermo.

Responders found the cheetah lying down in the landscape area, where they were able to sedate it.

The cheetah then went back down to the exhibit and into holding on its own, Palmero said. All of the cheetahs were also safe, Palermo added.

It’s unclear how the animal escaped from the enclosure.

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