No, The Animals at the Turtleback Zoo Didn’t Escape — But the Tweets Are Hilarious

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There’s a rumor going around Twitter this evening that the Turtleback Zoo’s animals have escaped and are running all around Essex County. It started on Twitter during flooding from Ida in Montclair and the surrounding areas and has gained some traction around the internet at the moment. But, just so you know — it’s a rumor.

On September 2nd, Essex County Executive, Joseph D. DiVincenzo tweeted confirmation that animals from the zoo had in fact not escaped, stating:

It all started with this tweet that went viral…

The tweet stated, “ANIMALS FROM TURTLE BACK ZOO (WEST ORANGE 07052) ARE FLEEING THE ZOO PREMISES. ANIMALS LISTED: PENGUINS, LIONS, BEARS, OTTERS, GORILLAS, AND REPTILES. ANY EXOTIC ANIMALS SEEN PLEASE CALL LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES IMMEDIATELY SO WE CAN RETURN ANIMALS BACK TO THE ZOO SAFELY.”

This was sent at a seemingly peak time of flooding, at 11:05PM — with an “NJ34777” alert number next to it. But as this was tweeted and reshared thousands of times, it started to unravel.

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First things first: There are no animals escaping from the Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, according to West Orange police. We confirmed with them at 12:30AM on 9/2 via phone.

However, the tweets escaping are pretty funny. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

Proving that even during a serious crisis, people are pretty damn funny on the internet.

Please be safe all, and stay indoors! 


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Jen is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of both The Montclair Girl and The Hoboken Girl. Before her media career started at Conde Nast and then full-time at HG + MG, she worked as a public school educator in the Bloomfield Public Schools for 5 years. Jen started the sites to discover the amazing things happening in the North Jersey area and to highlight local businesses. When not shopping small or eating her way through North Jersey, she can usually be found walking her two pups, watching Bravo TV, and ordering takeout with her husband, an Essex County native.