Owner charged after tiger, gibbon escape

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MIAMI (AP) -- The president of Miami's Jungle Island has been charged with two misdemeanors following the brief escape of a gibbon and a tiger.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission determined Saturday the ape escaped due to human and mechanical error, and the cage in which the tiger was kept does not meet state requirements.

Bern Levine is charged with two second-degree misdemeanors for conditions resulting in the animals' escape. Messages left with the park's public relations department were not immediately returned Sunday.

The tiger's owner is charged with one count of maintaining captive wildlife in an unsafe condition, resulting in threats to public safety.

The Bengal tiger scaled a 14-foot fence last weekend, possibly to chase the ape that also got out of its habitat.

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