Gorilla Escapes From London Zoo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

On Thursday afternoon, a gorilla escaped from its enclosure at the London Zoo, reports The Telegraph. A zoo source revealed to The Guardian that the gorilla escaped into the “outer part” of the Gorilla Kingdom exposure.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. The Gorilla Has Been Recaptured

Latest reports say that MET Police have confirmed the gorilla has been recaptured after being subdued by a tranquilizer dart.

2. The Zoo Was Under Lockdown

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While the zoo was on lockdown, visitors were placed inside various buildings to keep them safe from the gorilla. According to The Independent, zoo officials said no one was at risk during the incident.

At about 17:10 BST, a visitor told BBC that customers had been locked inside a cafe for their own protection. As they were shuffled into buildings, they saw police show up “with lots of guns”.

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3. Scotland Yard Sent Officers to the Zoo

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According to Telegraph, Scotland Yard confirmed they sent officers to the zoo.

Scotland Yard told the news outlet, “Police were called by security at Regent’s Park at 5.17pm to reports of an ongoing incident. Officers are there to support ZSL staff.”

4. Staff Looking for the Gorilla Were Armed With Tranquilizer Darts

Met police arrived with tranquilizer darts at approximately 17:20 BST. Before it was confirmed that a gorilla was on the loose, the zoo told press that it was “managing an incident”, according to The Guardian.

5.The Escape Comes Months After the Gorilla Harambe Was Killed at the Cincinnati Zoo

This gorilla escape comes just months after the gorilla Harambe was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy fell into the animal’s enclosure.

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  2. Congratulations to the London Zoo. From the start they went looking for the Gorilla with tranquilizer darts………..

    Unlike our Cincinnati Zoo.

    Next time I’m in London I will go visit the London Zoo just to support them.

    Next time I’m in Cincinnati, I will not go to their zoo, seems like they don’t spend my admission fee of worthwhile training of their staff.