Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gorilla's Near-Escape From NC Zoo Caught On Camera

Cell phone video posted to YouTube Sunday showed a female gorilla at the North Carolina Zoo using a branch to reach top of the exhibit over the weekend.

Zoo officials say a limb, likely loosened by Saturday storms, fell into the gorilla exhibit Sunday afternoon. The limb formed a makeshift ladder which a young female climbed to reach the top of the wall. The gorilla never left the exhibit.

Tom Gillespie with the NC Zoo says that keepers routinely check the exhibit each morning to ensure against such incidents. He says the limb likely fell into the exhibit after the check were conducted.

The lowland gorilla exhibit was closed on Monday and possibly Tuesday. Horticulturists are being brought in to check overhanging trees for more loose limbs.

Zoo visitor Erica Bullins posted the video below to YouTube. In the description, she says "looking back, probably should've just got out of there, but was completely caught up in the moment."

She said she ended up calling 911 because she did not have a direct number to anyone at the zoo.

Full story here.

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