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A Baby Bongo Named Taylor Swift Escaped From The Zoo & We Are All So Invested In This Story

On Sunday afternoon, a one-year-old bongo calf named Taylor Swift escaped from her enclosure in the Sacramento Zoo, prompting an evacuation. A type of antelope, bongo made its way into the common area where visitors were, which led Zoo staff to tell visitors to evacuate or move into the gift store.

“I’m just glad we’re safe,” zoo visitor Jessica Serota told CBS. “All today I saw enclosures that didn’t seem as secure as I’d imagine them to be, so that was kind of concerning to me.”

Baby Taylor Swift was guided back to her off-exhibit enclosure, where her mother was, within 15 minutes of her escape, according to a Zoo press release. It was determined by the Zoo’s associate veterinarian, Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema, that the calf had sustained minor abrasions during the incident, but was otherwise unharmed. 

Taylor Swift, the renowned pop singer (and not the bongo) also weighed in on the event, posting about it on her Instagram story and responding with a pun on her Tumblr page:

The Zoo is still unclear as to how the bongo escaped her enclosure. In March, a report by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums found many of the Sacramento Zoo’s exhibits to be small and outdated, which could impact the Zoo’s accreditation. The Zoo is currently considering re-locating to a larger location elsewhere in the city.


Xandie Kuenning is the Career Editor at Her Campus and a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor's in International Affairs and minors in Journalism and Psychology. She is an avid traveler with a goal to join the Travelers' Century Club. When not gallivanting around the world, she can be found reading about fairytales or Eurasian politics, baking up a storm, or watching dangerous amounts of Netflix. Follow her on Instagram @AKing1917 and on Twitter @XKuenning.
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