Gorilla temporarily escapes from his enclosure at London Zoo


Blackleaf
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An "urgent inquiry" is needed after a male gorilla escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo, say conservationists.

The western lowland silverback's escape did not endanger the public but it "could have ended very differently", the Born Free Foundation warned.

Despite it only getting into the secure keepers' area, the organisation said it was a "startling reminder" of the risks of keeping wild animals in captivity.

The zoo is investigating and said the gorilla is a "gentle giant".

London Zoo gorilla escape: Born Free wants 'urgent inquiry'


BBC News
14 October 2016


"There was no danger", London Zoo's Malcolm Fitzpatrick said. He added Kumbuka is a "gentle giant"

An "urgent inquiry" is needed after a male gorilla escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo, say conservationists.

The western lowland silverback's escape did not endanger the public but it "could have ended very differently", the Born Free Foundation warned.

Despite it only getting into the secure keepers' area, the organisation said it was a "startling reminder" of the risks of keeping wild animals in captivity.

The zoo is investigating and said the gorilla is a "gentle giant".

London Zoo is open to visitors but the gorilla enclosure remains closed for now.

Malcolm Fitzpatrick, curator of mammals at London Zoo, said: "He did not smash glass to get out of his area. He got out of his back den area into a secure keeper area."

Armed police were called in as staff sought to recapture the 29-stone gorilla, called Kumbuka, which was eventually tranquilised and taken back into captivity.


The zoo said Kumbuka, a western lowland silverback, arrived from Paignton Zoo in Devon in early 2013

The Born Free Foundation - which wants to see zoos phased out - has called on the Zoos Expert Committee (ZEC), the government's advisory body, to investigate the welfare of great apes in zoos across the UK.

"While we are relieved that this incident apparently ended without injury to visitors or to the gorilla, it is yet another startling reminder of the risks associated with maintaining dangerous wild animals in captivity," said Chris Draper, the foundation's associate director for animal welfare and care.

"We are calling for an urgent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this escape, and into safety procedures at London Zoo."

Mr Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka escaped at 17: 15 BST on Thursday but was caught and returned to his den in about an hour and had recovered "very quickly" after being tranquilised.

"Yesterday evening [Kumbuka] was making happy gorilla grumbling noises and interacting with the rest of his family in the Gorilla Kingdom and also the keeper stayed on and gave him some extra treats yesterday evening," he said.


Police and evacuated visitors stand outside London Zoo yesterday

"Gorillas are highly intelligent and what I can confirm also about Kumbuka is that he's got a lovely character. He's a real gentle giant.

"However, he is a big impressive silverback and one of the things silverbacks do is that they almost display to force their authority so they will bang tree trunks and they will bang windows but it's very much just a display behaviour."

Responding to criticism about welfare of animals, he added zoos were involved with many conservation projects and animals at London Zoo had a "very good quality of life".

Visitor Brad Evans said customers had been locked inside the zoo's cafe at about 17:10 and were told by staff a gorilla had escaped from its enclosure.

Metropolitan Police officers arrived at the zoo at 17:20 and the animal was recaptured shortly before 19:00.

Eyewitnesses Hannah O'Donoghue-Hobbs and Charlotte Neild said the gorilla's escape was "like being in Jurassic Park ".

'Up and grumbling'

Jonathan Mall, who was at a conference at the zoo, said he and other visitors were forced to take refuge in a bird enclosure for up to 30 minutes, as armed officers arrived.

"I was kind of scared, to be honest, because we were in a really closed space where everything is green and beautiful but there could be a gorilla hiding behind every bush," the 33-year-old from Hamburg said.


Police arrived at London Zoo to assist in the recapture

Kumbuka, who came from Paignton Zoo in Devon in 2013, is understood to be one of at least seven gorillas at the zoo's 5m Gorilla Kingdom, which was opened in 2007 by the Duke of Edinburgh.

The recapture comes after Harambe, another gorilla, was shot and killed at Cincinnati Zoo in the US after a young boy fell into its enclosure.

The boy was not seriously hurt and Harambe's death sparked anger on social media.

London Zoo gorilla escape: Born Free wants 'urgent inquiry' - BBC News
Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 14th, 2016 at 05:17 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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UKIP calls for deportation.
 
Blackleaf
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This highlights the difference between the Americans and the British.

The Americans used real bullets when they shot Harambe, and killed him.

The British shot Kumbuka with tranquilisers - and he's still alive and well.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

This highlights the difference between the Americans and the British.

Brits are retarded.
 
Blackleaf
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The moment angry 7ft-tall 29st Silverback gorilla Kumbuka attacks enclosure window at London Zoo before smashing through the glass and escaping as 30 armed police are called to track him down with a tranquiliser gun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=witbje1EbnQ

Revealed: The glass panel smashed by 29-stone gorilla Kumbuka before he escaped from his London Zoo enclosure 'through an open door' - as animal lovers flood Twitter with sympathy for the caged silverback



Zookeepers were today seen boarding up the glass partition which cracked as an 'agitated' gorilla escaped its enclosure at London Zoo through a door which may have been left open. Wildlife campaigners and members of the public have reacted with fury after Kumbuka the gorilla made a bid for freedom at the attraction. Visitors were said to have been taunting the animal. One member of the public called the incident 'poetic justice', while another added: 'locking the humans inside while the gorilla roams around - the irony'. Others commented on animals being caged, noting: 'how about we close zoos and let animals be free in the wild and nature reserves', 'The gorilla isn't a psycho. We all would get nuts if we were locked in a cage and people would stare at us every day. Poor creature.'
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

This highlights the difference between the Americans and the British.

The Americans used real bullets when they shot Harambe, and killed him.

The British shot Kumbuka with tranquilisers - and he's still alive and well.

That's true. You save your real bullets for Brazilian electricians and Irish children.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

That's true. You save your real bullets for Brazilian electricians

Who was killed just 15 days after 7/7 in a situation that was later described as a "fog of war". It's just what happens when you're on a heightened state after a terrorist attack.

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and Irish children.

The Irish Republicans killed more children than the British Army did.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Who was killed just 15 days after 7/7 in a situation that was later described as a "fog of war". It's just what happens when you're on a heightened state after a terrorist attack.

Right-oh. Terribly sorry, old boy, what? Pip-pip, what ho, stiff upper lip, what?



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The Irish Republicans killed more children than the British Army did.

I know that makes it OK in your mind. Which is a demonstration of the fact that you're retarded.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

This highlights the difference between the Americans and the British.

The Americans used real bullets when they shot Harambe, and killed him.

The British shot Kumbuka with tranquilisers - and he's still alive and well.

Oh, get off your high horse. If people didn't pull animals from their habitat and put them in zoos there would be no need for bullets or tranquilizers and the general public would be spared your pompous comparisons.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_Soldier View Post

Oh, get off your high horse. If people didn't pull animals from their habitat and put them in zoos there would be no need for bullets or tranquilizers and the general public would be spared your pompous comparisons.

There's also the fact that Harambe was in the middle of killing a child when he was shot, but let's not overtax Jack Cade's already limited stock of IQ points.
 
Curious Cdn
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I can see the DailyMail headline, now:

"Terrorist guerilla demands Brexit"
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I know that makes it OK in your mind. Which is a demonstration of the fact that you're retarded.

It's true. Unlike the Irish Republicans who, amongst other things, murdered children in 1993 when they put a bomb in a bin in Warrington town centre in Cheshire, the British Army generally didn't target civilians.

Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

There's also the fact that Harambe was in the middle of killing a child when he was shot

There are many who believe Harambe was actually helping the boy, not trying to kill him.

Still, either way, had it been in Britain he would have been shot with tranquilisers, not bullets.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post


The Irish Republicans killed more children than the British Army did.

That doesn't make you more noble.
 
tay
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Zoo says the gorilla got through two unlocked doors and stole five litres of blackcurrant cordial.


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Danbones
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black currents matter
 
MHz
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How did they spot him, was he the polite male in the room?

Quote: Originally Posted by tay View Post

Zoo says the gorilla got through two unlocked doors and stole five litres of blackcurrant cordial.

Let me offer some wild speculation as to why there were two locks. So one lock was always secured and the chance of excape was then 0%. Like I mentioned, it is just wild speculation.

Love to see a Sumo Wrestler tag up against one just to see how far he flies through the air. (and the jello like landing)