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Man in gorilla suit shot with tranquilizer


Posted on Thursday, 5 June, 2014 | Comment icon 34 comments

Tranquilizer darts used for gorillas can prove deadly to humans. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.6 Kabir
A zoo worker taking part in an escape drill was shot when a vet believed that he was a real gorilla.
The peculiar incident took place at Loro Parque Zoo on the Spanish island of Tenerife where staff members were participating in a drill to practice emergency procedures in the event of a gorilla escaping from its enclosure.

The drill typically involves an employee dressed up in an ape suit playing the role of the gorilla so that other staff members can go through the whole procedure of recapturing him.

On this particular day however a vet who was there at the time thought that what was happening was the real deal and proceeded to shoot the unsuspecting impersonator with a tranquilizer dart.

The shot, which was designed to be used on a 400lb gorilla, invoked a severe reaction in the man who immediately fell ill is now in a critical condition in hospital.

Update: The zoo has since denied that the incident involved a person in a gorilla suit and has instead claimed that the man had been shot by the tranquilizer dart due to a simple accident.

"A routine exercise to simulate the escape of a gorilla from its enclosure was carried out on Monday during which a zookeeper was accidentally hit by a tranquilliser dart that vets use in these instances," said a spokesman.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (34)

Tags: Gorilla, Zoo

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by Lilly on 5 June, 2014, 23:35
I think a bit of male attention would yield more devastating consequences... How about if one of the females likes him...then her boyfriend gets jealous. There's some potential devastation in that scenario.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Junior Chubb on 5 June, 2014, 23:37
How about if one of the females likes him...then her boyfriend gets jealous. There's some potential devastation in that scenario. Jealous beating or ménage à trois, I feel for him either way...
Comment icon #27 Posted by DigitalDreamer on 6 June, 2014, 0:18
i spit my applejuice out a bit, this is hilarious to me due to how purely ed it sounds when in reality it is unfiltered reality aha
Comment icon #28 Posted by JVG on 6 June, 2014, 0:46
It was a good story why it lasted...still glad that the zoo keeper is o.k.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Purifier on 6 June, 2014, 1:29
Well that's what happens when you monkey around. Bet that guy went apes**t after he woke up.
Comment icon #30 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 6 June, 2014, 15:01
A Spanish zoo has denied that one of its keepers was wearing a gorilla suit when mistakenly shot with a tranquilliser dart by veterinary staff. http://www.telegraph...rilla-suit.html So the keeper is just a very hairy man then? That would explain why the vet though the gorilla was real.
Comment icon #31 Posted by the.truth.is.out.there.x on 10 June, 2014, 21:58
Why do I feel like this is something straight out of a cartoon or slapstick comedy? lol
Comment icon #32 Posted by I_Am_Avatar_Korra on 11 June, 2014, 1:50
[Points and laughs]
Comment icon #33 Posted by plaguedmedusa on 12 June, 2014, 21:32
That must have been a very realistic gorilla suit then!
Comment icon #34 Posted by Erowin on 19 June, 2014, 6:56
Poor man might die- gorilla tranqs are strong stuff, way too much for the human body.


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