Caging animals is one of humanity's only ways to assert its dominance on this planet, but sometimes, the animals are just not having it and manage to escape. Whether fleeing the zoo, the circus, or simply taking it to the streets, here are the wackiest animal escapes. It's fun to watch—like Jurassic Park, but cuter and without a death count.

1. Inky the octopus sneaking to the ocean through a drain pipe.

Inky—the Houdini of octopi—took advantage of a small crack in his tank, and slid through a narrow pipe that let out into the Pacific Ocean. Inky's whereabouts were only discovered when octopus tracks were found in the pipe. He is presumed to be under the sea, in an octopus's garden in the shade.

2. The chimp going ape.

ChaCha the chimp foreshadowed the ape uprising when he lead police on a chase through his zoo in Japan. The result is an action-packed journey through the telephone wires.

3. The adorable March of the Penguins.

Well, the march was more of a waddle, as the tuxedoed birds journeyed through a zoo in Denmark. Their tiny legs made them pretty easy to catch.

4. The peacock in the parking lot.

It forgot where it had parked.

5. The hippo giving a duckling a boost.

Rather than eating the delicious little duckling, a hippo helped him get out of a pond. As the bible says, "So the hippo fell in love with the duckling."

6. These rhinos on the run.

These rhinos escaped from the Safari Park in Ramat Gan, Israel when the security guard fell asleep—giving the rest of the zoo a wakeup call.

7. The Great Philadelphia Zebra Dash.

Two zebras were hanging out in the streets of Philadelphia until their mom get scared and said, "You're moving with your auntie and your uncle in Bel Air."

8. The emus keeping the Austin suburbs weird.

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the emu chases. Not one but four emus—named Emitt, Huey, Dewey, and Louie—escaped from their owner's backyard and explored the neighborhood.

9. The cow running away from the slaughterhouse in Queens.

This cow must have known what was coming when she successfully ran away from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York, and also managed not to be killed by traffic. She now lives at an animal sanctuary in New Jersey, and New Yorkers are debating whether living in New Jersey is a fate worse than death.  

10. The monkey poledancing in the Florida 'burbs.

Monkey Loose in Sanford

Shortly after 8:00 a.m., we received a call from a Sanford resident that lives in the Hidden Lakes subdivision reporting that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox. When we arrived to help the monkey, later identified at Zeek, he decided to pull off the molding from one of our patrol cars. We were able to distract Zeek with a bottle of water until his owner came and retrieved him.

Posted by Sanford Police Department on Monday, September 28, 2015

The pet monkey wanted to meet its neighbors—and knew how to make an enticing impression.

11. The kangaroo hopping around Staten Island.

Apparently it's both legal and possible to have a pet kangaroo in upstate New York. A pet kangaroo named Buster was with his owner, visiting a human friend on Staten Island when he broke out of the backyard, becoming the only interesting thing to happen in Staten Island.

12. The giraffe running away from the circus.

A giraffe pulled an El Chapo and escaped its enclosure, disturbing traffic but managing to avoid Sean Penn.

13. The Arizona llama chase.


It was a day that shall live in infamy: February 26, 2015. The world was captivated by a livestream of llamas on the loose in Sun City, Arizona, only to have the majestic creatures be upstaged by a little-known white and gold dress (yes, white and gold). While the llama chase had the misfortune of occurring concurrently with the Dress Debate, these brave souls will live forever in our hearts.