Gorilla Escapes, Bites Zookeeper

March 20, 2012 by staff 

Gorilla Escapes, Bites Zookeeper, An adult male gorilla name Koga, who weighed more than 400 pounds, bit a zookeeper at the Buffalo Zoo after he escaped from his cage on Monday.

Koga, a 24-year-old silverback West Lowland gorilla native to West Africa and the Congo River Basin, reportedly broke through the unlocked door of his cage and entered the space behind it utilized by zookeepers called the animal keeper aisle, though closed to the public “in a secure non-public area behind the gorilla exhibit,” according to the zoo.

The gorilla then bit a female zookeeper while servicing the area, though her name has not been released, who had worked with him for almost five years when she tried to contain him.

“He was probably just as surprised coming face to face with her as she was with him,” Buffalo Zoo President Donna Fernandes said, as reported by Reuters.

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