The gorilla attack is even more shocking considering his zookeeper – the victim – raised him from birth.
Madrid’s Zoo is mourning an unbelievable incident this morning. Their 400 lb male gorilla, Malabo, has attacked and severely injured the woman responsible for raising him from birth. The zookeeper, a 46-year-old vzoo veteran, is in critical condition with two broken arms and injuries to her head and chest.
Gorilla “managed to break through three doors”
Wild animals in captivity are never predictable – not even if hand raised. While gorilla species have shown remarkable ability to bond with humans, this story serves as a harsh reminder of how captivity affects them. In turn – Malabo, the 29-year-old male gorilla, somehow broke through three doors to get into indoor facilities.
In clarifying the incident, Madrid Zoo has the following to say in their press statement:
‘Given the event that occurred this morning with a gorilla keeper from the Madrid Zoo, we share our official note and our wishes for a speedy recovery for this worker.
‘The events took place this morning, around 10am when a keeper with 19 years of experience at the zoo accessed the indoor facilities for the usual breakfast routine, cleaning and preparing the facilities.
‘Upon entering a bounded area with a triple door, the caretaker met Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla, who had accessed it.Madrid Zoo
Zookeeper in critical condition
While the situation for the zookeeper is still dire, paramedics were at least able to stabilize her on the scene. She now resides in Madrid Clinical Hospital in serious condition.
The zoo adds that they plan to investigate why – and how – Malabo managed to gain access to the enclosed area and severely injure his keeper. “However, the judicial investigation will determine the exact details,” the zoo states.
‘It should be noted that this interior area is for driving, with no exit to the public area. In this sense the emergency protocol was quickly activated, notifying the Samur emergncy team and the municipal police.
‘The zoo team managed to remove the animal… Later, the veterinary team anaesthetised the animal with a tranquilliser dart. [He] was transferred to its interior bedroom and at the moment, it is calm.’Madrid Zoo
The zoo states that Malabo exhibits a “protective behavior” towards his caregivers and the group. However, “At this time, the caregiver has a reserved prognosis and [judgement]… The first thing is to wish her speedy recovery. Today, the gorilla facilities will remain closed so that both Malabo and the rest of the group are calm.”
May we wish a speedy recovery for the veteran gorilla Zookeeper. It remains unknown if officials plan to take future measures to separate Gorilla Malabo from further human contact.
[H/T Mail Online]