Silver Back Gorilla Has Short Lived Escape At London Zoo: Sedated: No Injuries

Truth Troubles


LONDON — A silver back gorilla escaped from an enclosure at London Zoo Thursday, sparking a frantic search by keepers and armed police. Some visitors were locked down in a cafeteria until the animal was sedated and recaptured.

The male gorilla, Kumbuka, was subdued by a tranquilizer gun and recaptured within an hour, zoo officials said.

Malcolm Fitzpatrick, the zoo’s curator of mammals, said there were no injuries to visitors or zoo workers, adding that Kumbuka recovered quickly.

“I’m happy to report he’s actually up and grumbling and interacting with the rest of his gorilla family,” Fitzpatrick said.

He said Kumbuka got out of a back den into a secure keeper area, but never made it into the parts of the…

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