The 29-year old orangutan was obviously fed up with prison life and wanted a taste of freedom.
Unfortunately, the great ape’s great escape lasted only about 20 minutes before zoo guards got wind of it, and thwarted his plan by sedating the hairy Houdini and returning him to his bed. But not before some 3000 zoo visitors were herded out the front exit for their own safety.
According to zoo director, John R. Lewis, none of the zoo's other orangutans has ever tried this kind of daring escape.
"He's a trendsetter," Lewis said.
Steve McQueen would be proud.