Scary situation across the pond. A gorilla is now back in its habitat after escaping from London Zoo on Thursday, October 13, police confirm to CNN.
According to the news outlet, the Metropolitan Police were contacted around 5 p.m. about the situation. The facility had a lockdown, and visitors stayed in the cafeteria and gift shop while authorities and employees of the zoo tried to capture the large animal.
The frightening ordeal was over in less than two hours. Within 90 minutes, the gorilla was subdued by a tranquilizer gun. No injuries have been reported at this time.
Tourists posted about the incident on social media. Two onlookers told BBC that the gorilla appeared to be "really angry" and the situation was "like being in Jurassic Park."
Per the zoo's website, there are at least seven gorillas living in the Gorilla Kingdom area. The space includes a personal island and indoor gymnasium for the endangered species.
The incident comes five months after a gorilla, known as Harambe, was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo. The 400-pound, 17-year-old male gorilla came into contact with a young boy when the 4-year-old crawled through a barrier before falling into the animal's enclosure. The incident ignited backlash online (not to mention a meme), and the mother of the boy was not charged with child endangerment.
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