Little Joe, the gorilla who made a daring escape from the Franklin Park Zoo in 2003, is making his return to public display.
Little Joe escaped from the gorilla exhibit in September 2003, attacking a 2 year-old girl and a zoo employee. Both suffered cuts and bruises when they were thrown to the ground and dragged.
Little Joe was loose in the neighborhood around the zoo for nearly two hours before he was subdued with a tranquilizer. Since then, he has been kept in seclusion at the zoo.
Tuesday, the Franklin Park Zoo unveiled a new home for all seven of their gorillas. The new Tropical Forest will give the animals more room to climb and play. The public will also have a better view of the gorillas and other animals.
Most importantly, Little Joe will not be able to escape the new $2.3 million exhibit. It has triple-layer glass walls and a woven steel top.