Silverback Gorilla Escapes London Zoo, Almost Joins Harambe in Heaven
“He did not smash glass to get out of his area,” said Malcolm Fitzpatrick, curator of mammals at the zoo. “He got out of his back den area into a secure keeper area.”
There were no injuries reported and the 406-pound animal, described as a “gentle giant” by the zookeepers, was happy and interacting with his family shortly after his safe return.
The ZSL London Zoo is still open but the gorilla part of the zoo remains closed.
“[The incident] could have ended very differently,” said the wildlife effort organization Born Free Foundation, which called for an urgent inquiry regarding the situation. However, no official reason was told as to why the cage door was open, yet the investigation is ongoing.
This situation feels all too familiar as back in May another western lowland gorilla, named Harambe, was shot dead by its zookeepers after it grabbed a four-year-old boy who fell into his habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo.
To this day, internet users refuse to let Harambe’s death be forgotten, and the British almost followed suit.