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Man in Gorilla Suit Mistaken for Real Gorilla, Shot with Tranquilizer

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Marisa Kabas

By Marisa Kabas on June 5, 2014

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Wait, this is a drill. Well it was a drill until things got real and it’s no longer a drill.

An employee at the Loro Parque Zoo on the Spanish island of Tenerife was conducting a drill to ensure that there was a plan in place should one of the gorillas escape from their enclosure. The 35-year-old male employee was dressed in a gorilla suit [for some reason] for the drill, and a vet at the zoo who had not been alerted to the scheduled drill mistook him for an actual gorilla.

What Happened Next Might Surprise You.

No, probably not. The vet shot the employee in the leg with a tranquilizer dart designed to take down a 400 pound gorilla. The zoo released a statement about the bizarre incident.

As part of the procedure, which took place in the security zone of the area and was only attended by authorised personnel of the park, they set off the emergency alarm used in this type of situation. Once the various activities and communications were carried out according to protocol, a keeper from the wild mammals team was struck by a tranquiliser shot that the vets use in this kind of situation using a cerbatana. As a result, he was quickly seen by paramedics and immediately taken to Hospital Universitario Canarias, where he was treated and then discharged. He has recovered well and is now in good health and is grateful for all the messages of concern he has received.

So the moral of the story is … what is the moral of this story? To make sure everyone at the zoo knows that there’s going to be a man dressed as a gorilla near the real gorillas and to not shoot him? Sure, let’s go with that.

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[via The Daily Mail]
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