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Man Wearing Gorilla Suit Accidentally Shot With Tranquiliser
Gulf News ^ | June 6, 2014

Posted on 06/09/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Vet mistakenly shoots zookeeper wearing gorilla suit during escape drill

A gorilla hides behind a tree at the Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de La cruz in Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife in this April 15, 2008 file photo.

Tenerife: A vet accidentally shot a tranquiliser dart into a zookeeper wearing a gorilla suit.

The shooting took place during a drill inside Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, Spain, when the veterinarian was apparently unaware that the gorilla on the loose was in fact an employee wearing a suit, agencies reported.

The victim was shot with a tranquiliser dart with a dose meant for a 180-kg ape. The zookeeper was wearing the costume as part of a drill simulating the escape of a captive animal.

Similar drills are standard procedure at zoos, but it appears the vet was totally unaware of the ongoing exercise and shot the suited employee in the leg. Due to the massive injection, the zookeeper suffered an allergic reaction. He was then taken to University Hospital of the Canary Islands, where he was reported to be in serious condition.

It's not the first time Loro Parque (Parrot Park) has been rattled by controversies.

The park has been under the public glare over its in treatment of orca whales. On Christmas Eve 2009, a whale attacked and killed a trainer during a practice session, which fanned opponents of orca captivity.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: franken; gorilla; lastweek; spain
Didn't Senator Franken do this in a movie?
1 posted on 06/09/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Trading Places


2 posted on 06/09/2014 2:02:50 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: nickcarraway

I would sue the company that manufactured the dart.

No real reason; I just would.

Because I’m an American, dammit!


3 posted on 06/09/2014 2:03:35 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy; Lazamataz

Have you met Lazamataz yet?


4 posted on 06/09/2014 2:05:03 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: nickcarraway

If he survives...man what a story. He;ll drink free for the rest of his life.//. though I would not wanna be the vet that tranked him.


5 posted on 06/09/2014 2:05:16 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: nickcarraway

6 posted on 06/09/2014 2:05:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MHGinTN

One time at band camp ...


7 posted on 06/09/2014 2:06:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: nickcarraway

NO, they shot him on purpose.

The ‘accident’ was they were uninformed/incompetent about the situation.


8 posted on 06/09/2014 2:06:59 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I have a hard time believing this was an accident. A vet can’t tell a real gorilla from a fake gorilla?


9 posted on 06/09/2014 2:08:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
This is a rare case of too much range time.
10 posted on 06/09/2014 2:09:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Scrambler Bob
The ‘accident’ was they were uninformed/incompetent about the situation.

Which hasn't changed, now that he is a US Senator.

11 posted on 06/09/2014 2:09:56 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: nickcarraway

“A vet can’t tell a real gorilla from a fake gorilla?”

When all you have is a tranquilizer gun...


12 posted on 06/09/2014 2:11:27 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That’s the luck of the Irish ...


13 posted on 06/09/2014 2:13:45 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: nickcarraway

Hate to be a kill joy (but this is about the third time this has been posted) the story has been corrected:

UPDATE (9:09 a.m. June 6): According to a newer statement released by Loro Parque Zoo, the employee in question was not actually wearing a gorilla suit during the drill, but was shot accidentally by the vet after the alarm was raised.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/man_in_gorilla_suit_shot_with_tranquilizer_dart_when_vet_confuses_him_for_an_act.html


14 posted on 06/09/2014 2:14:06 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

Yea that does seem rather odd. Either that or there are some pretty incompetent ...well, it is a socialist hellhole so hes probably government appointed.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 2:15:06 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: TADSLOS
Trading Places

"Is it Nature or is it Nurture?"

"$1.00"

16 posted on 06/09/2014 2:15:31 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: nickcarraway

Please post Jim Belushi in Trading Places.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 2:15:52 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: nickcarraway
One gorilla, two gorillas. Big deal. . . . Anyway, they're in love.
18 posted on 06/09/2014 2:18:43 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: BwanaNdege

LOL.


19 posted on 06/09/2014 2:22:02 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: nickcarraway

Ban tranquiliser guns!


20 posted on 06/09/2014 2:24:12 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Veggie Todd
Ban tranquiliser guns!

The Vet was lucky the gorilla didn't have a concealed carry permit.

21 posted on 06/09/2014 2:45:29 PM PDT by immadashell (The inmates are running the asylum.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hold muh beer.....


22 posted on 06/09/2014 2:51:24 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah I’m with you - I think he forgot to check if the gun was loaded, and is trying to cover for it by saying he was uninformed. Why’d he have the tranq gun in the first place, the drill would have been in the morning briefings to all staff for days if not weeks in advance.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 2:56:56 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: JSDude1
*Please post Jim Belushi in Trading Places.*

Al Franken, always fooling around!

24 posted on 06/09/2014 3:10:19 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: TADSLOS

I just watched “The Pink Panther” on TCM, with Peter Sellers.
The scene at the costume party with the gorilla was
hilarious.


25 posted on 06/09/2014 3:42:57 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, who hasn’t done this?


26 posted on 06/09/2014 4:13:20 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

What’s even worse than that is mistaking a real escaped gorilla for someone in a suit, and tweaking its nose, Three Stooges style.


27 posted on 06/09/2014 4:16:23 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: blueunicorn6
Is it real, or is it Memorex?


28 posted on 06/09/2014 4:17:57 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: blueunicorn6

29 posted on 06/09/2014 4:19:13 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

This guy is going to get seriously razzed by his fellow gorilla suit pals.


30 posted on 06/09/2014 4:35:31 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: nickcarraway

Damn, and I thought I was the only vet that made aberrant shots. I hate this when it happens.


31 posted on 06/09/2014 5:02:05 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: nickcarraway

A little late on the post my friend. I sent this story around to friends last week.

Still hilarious though.


32 posted on 06/09/2014 6:51:59 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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