A Gorilla Was on the Loose at the London Zoo

By Sophie Kleeman on at

Multiple outlets are reporting that a gorilla escaped from its enclosure at the London Zoo, and visitors were apparently locked in while the zoo attempts to thwart the gorilla’s surprise adventure.

In a statement given to the Independent, the zoo said it was “managing an incident.” The Independent also reports that visitors apparently weren’t in danger, despite the fact there was a gorilla on the loose. The BBC says that police arrived at the zoo around 5:20 pm local time. It’s still unclear which animal escaped, though the London Zoo’s website features information on six gorillas.

“Police were called by security at Regent’s Park at 5.17pm to reports of an ongoing incident. Officers are there to support ZSL staff,” Scotland Yard said in a statement to the Guardian.

The escape comes after another gorilla-related incident in May involving Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo. The animal was shot and killed by zoo workers after a three-year-old boy climbed into his enclosure.

The Guardian and Sky News are now reporting that the gorilla was later captured and shot with a stun gun.

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