One woman was taken to hospital with bite wounds on her hand and three others were injured following the escape of a male gorilla at Rotterdam’s Blijdorp zoo on Friday. The zoo was crammed with people because of the holiday weekend.
The silverback gorilla Bokito jumped over the ditch separating his enclosure from the public where eyewitnesses said he grabbed the woman and dragged her off. He later went into the restaurant area where he smashed glass doors. There a vet managed to tranquilise him.
Two other people were injured during the evacuation and one zoo worker is suffering from shock after coming face to face with the animal.
ANP reports that Bokito escaped from Berlin zoo in 2004, when he climbed over a three-metre glass wall. He was moved to Rotterdam in 2005.
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