Friday 15 December 2017

Man shot with tranquilliser dart at Tenerife zoo 'not wearing gorilla suit'

A man is recovering in hospital after being shot with a tranquilliser dart at a zoo

Gorilla (stock photo)
Gorilla (stock photo)

Harriet Alexander

Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilliser dart at a man who was first reported to be dressed as a gorilla.

Police on the Spanish island reportedly received a call from a panicked member of the public, who said that a gorilla had escaped from its pen in Loro Park zoo, and was seen running around the theme park.

A vet was called, and on spotting the creature fired a tranquilliser dart at its leg with enough sedative to fell a 200kg beast.

The vet - who had only been in the job for two months - realised that the creature was in fact an employee of the zoo, dressed in a gorilla suit, who was staging a mock escape to practise their emergency routines.

The 35-year-old man was taken to the island's University Hospital after the shooting, which happened after the call to the police was made at 11.40am on Monday, according to La Opinion de Tenerife.

He was said to be in a serious condition, having suffered an allergic reaction to the tranquilliser, but was expected to make a full recovery.

UPDATE: The Spanish zoo has since denied that  its keeper was wearing a gorilla suit when mistakenly shot with a tranquilliser dart.

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