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article imageVet mistakes zoo employee for gorilla, tranquillizes him

By Anne Sewell     Jun 6, 2014 in Odd News
Santa Cruz De Tenerife - A vet at Loro Parque Zoo and Marine Park in Tenerife, Spain had a bad day recently. The zoo was running a drill on how to handle a gorilla escape. A guy was running around in a gorilla suit and the vet panicked and shot him with a tranquillizer dart.
Said employee is in a bad way, apparently, as the dose he received would take down a 400-pound gorilla, and he is just a normal human. He is now in the local hospital in a serious condition, after suffering an allergic reaction to the tranquillizer.
The zoo in Tokyo ran a simulation of a gorilla escape to test preparedness in the event of an earthq...
The zoo in Tokyo ran a simulation of a gorilla escape to test preparedness in the event of an earthquake and a genuine escape.
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The drill itself is apparently standard procedure. Some U.S. zoos certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquaria run similar drills for animal escape and disaster situations several times a year.
So does Tokyo in Japan, but the latest gorilla costume was probably a little more realistic.
The vet has apparently only been with the zoo a couple of months. However, you would think that he would be able to tell the difference between an actual gorilla and a guy in a suit. It does make one wonder if the vet needs spectacles?
Please note that this report has now been updated here.
Spanish source:
La Opinion de Tenerife
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