Macadamia makes a run for it from National Zoo

WASHINGTON – There was a breakout at the National Zoo on Monday, but the runaway was brought home safely.

The zoo says Macadamia, an agouti (a rodent about the size of a large house cat) who has only been at the zoo a few months, evidently chewed through some wire at about 7 p.m. Monday and got out of his enclosure, which he shares with two Geoffrey’s marmosets.

He never left the sight of zoo officials, they say, and they rounded him up in about a half-hour. He’s stuck inside until the zoo’s staff can examine the enclosure.

Macadamia hasn’t yet been introduced to his mate, Hazelnut, the zoo says. One can hope that that will help matters.

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