Luckily the 400-pound gorilla was caught before it got into the public areas of the zoo.
Koga, a 24-year-old gorilla, was able to get out of his cage at the Buffalo Zoo.
No one is sure how he got out but no one questions that when his cage door was left unlocked he had no choice but to try for freedom.
Lowland gorillas are not only emotionally complex, social creatures, they would also roam 3-18 miles everyday!
While breaking out, he ran into a zoo keeper and he bit her hand and calf.
She was able to hide in a nearby female gorilla's habitat so she sustained no further injury.
Fearing a Planet of the Apes style uprising, SWAT teams were called in but before things got out of a hand a vet tranquilized the gorilla with a hand held blow pipe.
Sounds like an Indiana Jones/Ace Ventura style vet.
The zoo's president said:
'I’m sure it was very dramatic for [the zoo keeper] and for all the keepers. It was pins and needles.'
There will be an investigation into how Koga got out of his enclosure.
We're just glad that no one was severely injured and everything turned out okay.
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