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Man in gorilla suit shot with tranquilizer dart at Tenerife zoo
Telegraph UK ^ | June 5, 2014 | Harriet Alexander

Posted on 06/05/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT by billorites

Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilizer dart at a man dressed as a gorilla.

Police on the Spanish island 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 tranquilizer dart at its leg with enough sedative to fell a 200kg beast.

But to his horror, 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 tranquiliser, but was expected to make a full recover

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I dunno. Guilty I suppose

1 posted on 06/05/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites
who was staging a mock escape to practise their emergency routines.

Looks like it worked.

2 posted on 06/05/2014 10:30:26 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: billorites

Gorilla warfare, older than the war on terrier...

Of course, he could have been looking for the gorilla his dreams.


3 posted on 06/05/2014 10:30:49 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: billorites
What did they do with him?

I have an idea!


4 posted on 06/05/2014 10:30:53 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!! (Keeper of the Sick Individuals pinglist))
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To: TomServo

Sounds like somebody didn’t get the memo.


6 posted on 06/05/2014 10:31:43 AM PDT by umgud
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To: billorites

I am the proud owner of a gorilla suit we put red eyes on. We get pissed up drunk and run across rural roads in it to spur Bigfoot sightings. Now I’ve gotta be careful.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 10:31:59 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: billorites

OOPS!.................sorry 'bout that, chief..................

8 posted on 06/05/2014 10:32:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: DCBryan1
Haw! Beat me to it!

trading placed

9 posted on 06/05/2014 10:33:06 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: billorites

big gorilla at the LA zoo, snatched the glasses right off my face, took the keys to my BMW, let me here to take his place.

Though Zevon probably could have handled the tranq.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 10:33:26 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: billorites
the vet - who had only been in the job for two months

Where did he get his degree? online?.................

11 posted on 06/05/2014 10:34:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: billorites

Goes to the old...”Never volunteer”


12 posted on 06/05/2014 10:34:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: billorites
Brilliant!
13 posted on 06/05/2014 10:37:39 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: DCBryan1

“Trading Places” - That scene was the first thing I thought of too!


14 posted on 06/05/2014 10:37:49 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: billorites

Anyone who has run a disaster recovery test, realizes what can happen.


15 posted on 06/05/2014 10:37:58 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: billorites

‘, but was expected to make a full recover’

as in recover payment for pain and suffereing from a lawsuit?


16 posted on 06/05/2014 10:42:20 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: billorites

UPDATE:

The incident was reported in the local Tenerife paper with the erroneous explanation that the keeper had been wearing a gorilla suit in order to make the practice drill more realistic and that one of the vets had fired at him after mistaking him for a real ape.

In fact, zoo management explained on Thursday that during the course of the exercise the vet accidentally released the tranquilliser dart into the leg of a zookeeper who was in the empty enclosure with him.

“The incident took place just after the vet had been informed that the alarm had been raised for a practice drill and not a real emergency,” explained Patricia Delponti, a spokesman from Loro Parque.

“He did not mean to hit the zookeeper and the zookeeper was not pretending to be a gorilla. He was wearing his normal uniform and had just informed the vet that it was a practice drill. It was simply an accident.”

The 35-year-old zookeeper has now fully recovered after being given an immediate antidote to the tranquilliser and treated in hospital.

“Obviously he was sleeping a lot after being shot with a tranquilliser meant for a 200kg gorilla and was under observation in hospital to make sure there were no lasting effects. But he has made a full recovery and is already back at work,” she said.

“Someone obviously got the wrong end of the stick about how we carry out a practice drill but the truth is there was no gorilla suit involved,” she said.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 10:44:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: billorites

“Shut up or you’ll get us both fired!.” (Old zoo joke)


18 posted on 06/05/2014 10:46:17 AM PDT by keat
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To: billorites
Was it AL Franken?
19 posted on 06/05/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: BigEdLB

For a moment there, I thought they just might have found Beeks.


20 posted on 06/05/2014 10:49:30 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: billorites

Panic of the Apes


21 posted on 06/05/2014 10:50:56 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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Was it AL Franken?

Did you miss the part where it said it was A MAN in a gorilla suit?

23 posted on 06/05/2014 10:57:18 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: billorites
lock 'em up..jail or Zoo?

24 posted on 06/05/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: billorites
who was staging a mock escape to practise their emergency routines

I would have to mark the event as a complete success. Gorilla tranq-ed, escape averted.

Maybe next week they can try an escape of a man in a lion's suit.
25 posted on 06/05/2014 11:03:14 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: billorites

sounds like their emergency routines work


26 posted on 06/05/2014 11:05:20 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Darwin nominee?


27 posted on 06/05/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Alex Murphy

LoL - great scene


28 posted on 06/05/2014 11:09:40 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: TomServo

LOL


29 posted on 06/05/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: billorites

30 posted on 06/05/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: billorites

31 posted on 06/05/2014 11:50:13 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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This is what happens when you monkey around.


32 posted on 06/05/2014 12:13:40 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: billorites

That should teach him to stop monkeying around!


33 posted on 06/05/2014 1:10:07 PM PDT by erod
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To: a fool in paradise

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3164105/posts?page=17#17

A lovely story ruined by facts.


34 posted on 06/05/2014 1:18:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I wonder how his tranquilizer trip was...


35 posted on 06/05/2014 1:20:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

Told you not to take the brown acid, maaaaaan.


36 posted on 06/05/2014 1:26:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Now useful idiots are going to head to Colorado to take the Dowd Challenge and see how long they can handle the chocobar experience...


37 posted on 06/05/2014 1:30:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Alex Murphy

Where’s Beaks?”


38 posted on 06/05/2014 1:35:30 PM PDT by Moleman
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To: billorites

I was having coffee the other morning and saw a gorilla in my back yard. I called the zoo to see if it belonged to them and they said “yes” and would send a man over to get it.

A few minutes later a truck pulled up a guy got out with a pit bull, a pair of handcuffs and a shotgun. I asked him how he was going to capture the gorilla, which by now had climbed into the Live Oak tree. He said he would need my help and explained his plan.

“I’m going to climb the tree and shake the gorilla out. When he hits the ground, this pit bull is trained to bite his testicles which will immobilize him long enough for you to put the handcuffs on him.”

I said that sounded like a good plan, but what was the shotgun for. He said, “In case the gorilla shakes ME out of the tree, you shoot that damned dog.”


39 posted on 06/05/2014 2:44:46 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Dalberg-Acton

40 posted on 06/05/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
You're crazy! I like you... but you're crazy!
41 posted on 06/05/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: billorites

I think everyone has seen this video, but it is proof that chimps are dangerous.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhxqIITtTtU


42 posted on 06/07/2014 12:35:38 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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