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Lion at the Seneca Park Zoo briefly escapes into a hallway

A lion at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester briefly accessed a hallway where it shouldn’t have been on Friday.

In a statement posted on the zoo’s Facebook page, Zoo Superintendent Steve Lacy said that at about 11:30am, while staff at the Seneca Park Zoo were performing routine animal husbandry duties with the zoo’s African lions, one of the lions was briefly able to access a hallway in the holding building.

Lacy says that  staff quickly and safely moved the lion back to her den.

He says that at no time were any members of the public in danger. But as a  precautionary measure, all zoo patrons in the vicinity of the lion habitat during this incident were asked to vacate a section of the zoo as per the zoo’s protocols.

The habitat area was reopened to the public around noon on Friday. Zoo staff is currently reviewing the incident.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.