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Zoo gorilla escapes, bites keeper

2012-03-20 07:27

Buffalo - A 180kg gorilla that escaped from its cage at an upstate New York zoo and bit a zookeeper has been captured in a zookeepers' lounge and has been tranquilised.

The Buffalo Zoo says a 24-year-old male gorilla named Koga got out of his cage into an aisle where the keeper was working on Monday morning and bit her on the hand and calf.

The keeper locked herself in with the zoo's other gorillas and called the animal escape team.

Police locked down the zoo while Koga was confined to a lounge outside public areas and was tranquilised.

The Buffalo Zoo has six western lowland gorillas in its main animal building: Koga, four females and a baby female. It's investigating how Koga escaped.

The zookeeper sustained minor bite wounds. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Comments
  • Ryan - 2012-03-20 07:48

    Rename him "Julius". Biting the hand that feeds him and then moving into luxury acccomodation.

      May - 2012-03-20 07:51

      lol very funny indeed

      May - 2012-03-20 07:51

      lol very funny indeed

  • jody.beggs - 2012-03-20 08:16

    I feel for the animal , a zoo is no way to live for any animal especially the great apes, I know Christians are "Better" and feel insulted if you say that we evolved from the apes but they are our distant cousins and need to treat them better. Or at the end of the day they could end up like out rhino's! I don't mind us killing each other , we need to control the population some how , but leave the animals alone, we already taken there homes , what's next ? Damn the man.

  • Jo - 2012-03-20 12:27

    Gorilla's do not belong in Zoo's.

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