San Francisco Zoo gorilla pen unsafe

2014-11-14 21:11
File photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo shows their 15-month-old femals lowland gorilla named Kabibe with her grandmother, Bawang. (San Francisco Zoo, May Woon, AP)

File photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo shows their 15-month-old femals lowland gorilla named Kabibe with her grandmother, Bawang. (San Francisco Zoo, May Woon, AP)

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San Francisco - An investigator probing the death of a baby gorilla who was crushed under an electric door at the San Francisco Zoo found the enclosure is outdated and unsafe and should to be replaced.

The 16-month-old gorilla named Kabibe was killed last week when she unexpectedly darted under the door while it was closing.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Friday that the gorilla expert hired by the zoo found the employee who was operating the hydraulic door with an emergency stop button did not have a clear and unimpeded view of the doors.

Dr Terry Maple advised replacing the ageing holding facility.

Maple said the doors aren't designed to stop when they hit something, like garage doors are, and watching each of the doors from the control panel is possible, but not easy to do.

Zoo officials declined comment.


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