How scary! A gorilla managed to break out of its enclosure at the London Zoo Oct. 13 and the incident terrorized visitors. Keep reading about the creature’s 90 minute escape that created absolute chaos.
So frightening! A western lowland gorilla named Kumbuka escaped his enclosure at the London Zoo, forcing visitors to take cover in restaurants and gift shops. The seven foot tall silverback reportedly appeared agitated earlier in the day and had tried to smash the window of his enclosure. Eyewitnesses told the Daily Mail that they had been warned not to look Kumbuka in the eye as it upset him, but that some people might have been “egging him on,” causing him to become angry and charge the glass in video obtained by the site.
One visitor captured a shot of the gorilla moments before he charged, noting how scary it was.
— Rob Hogan (@RobHogan4) October 13, 2016
Shortly after Kumbuka made his charge, patrons at the zoo were warned of his escape and to take immediate cover. Some people locked themselves in gift shops, restaurants and other safe locations, while others fled the park entirely. Fortunately, he didn’t make it past his out off-show area and into the rest of the zoo, and after about an hour and a half he was tranquilized and back in his pen. WHEW!
What a relief that he wasn’t shot and killed the way Harambe — another silverback gorilla — was when a child fell into his pen at the Cincinnati Zoo in March. Armed police had been seen patrolling the park with guns while visitors took cover, and thankfully they never needed to open fire on poor Kumbuka.
In a statement, the London Zoo confirmed the incident, saying, “A male gorilla got out of its pen into a non-public keeper area at 5.13pm. He remained contained in the exhibit’s off-show area where staff responded immediately. It was our 18-year-old gorilla Kumbuka and he was tranquilized by vets and returned to his pen. He is awake and well, and the zoo will be open tomorrow.
HollywoodLifers, how do you feel about zoos? Is it right to keep animals locked up?