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article imageBaby gorilla crushed to death in freak accident at California zoo

By Owen Weldon     Nov 9, 2014 in World
A baby gorilla at a zoo in San Francisco, California, ended up being crushed to death in what is being described as a freak accident.
The gorilla, named Kabibe, died after she ran under the closing door as staff were moving animals to their night quarters. The incident occurred on Friday at the San Francisco Zoo, according to Mashable.
The tragic accident comes just months after Kabibe's, or "Little Lady" in Swahili, first birthday.
According to Gawker, Kabibe was just 15-months-old, and she was a western lowland gorilla, and the door she ran under was a hydraulic door.
Tanya Peterson, the Zoo Executive Director and President, said that some animal deaths are harder to process than others. She continued to say that the death of Kabibe hit everyone in the deepest way imaginable.
For the first six months of her life, Kabibe needed 24-hour postnatal care. Her name was chosen after a public vote.
On Saturday, zoo officials didn't give any interviews, but they did say the incident is being investigated.
Animal activists were disturbed over the news of Kabibe's death. Some activists said better safety measures could have prevented this type of accident.
One activist said that a mechanism installed in hydraulic doors, and a button could be pushed that would either stop the door from closing or reverse the motion.
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