YIKES !!! Gorilla Escapes @ Dutch Zoo, Injures 4 **Scary Pics**

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    People grab their children to take them safety as escaped gorilla Bokito is seen, right, partially obscured by a plant, at Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Friday May 18, 2007. A silverback gorilla escaped from an enclosure and injured two people Friday at a Rotterdam zoo, a police spokeswoman said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the gorilla was believed to have entered a building where he was being isolated,
    spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo Friday, biting one woman, dragging her around, and causing panic among dozens of visitors before he was finally subdued, officials and a witness said.
    The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, named Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said.
    Four people were injured, including the woman who was bitten, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said.
    Bokito was shot with a sedative dart and recaptured, said zoo spokeswoman Lilian Jonkers, but she couldn't say what his condition was. It was not immediately clear how he managed to climb the high stone walls surrounding his enclosure.

    "He got over the moat, which in itself is remarkable, because gorillas can't swim," Dorrestijn said. "He got onto a path for visitors and started running and went at full speed through tables and diners at the Oranje restaurant."
    A witness, Robert de Jonge, told NOS radio that he didn't see the gorilla escape but began following it and tried to help after he saw people running and screaming that the animal had grabbed a woman.
    "I saw the beast running through the park with a woman behind him, him grabbing her forearm," De Jonge said.

    At a distance of around 30 yards, he saw the gorilla lie down near the woman and then heard her scream.
    "He bit her, or I think he bit her, because when he stood up his mouth was covered in blood," De Jonge said.
    He said he then stopped to tell arriving police what had happened and ran with them as they traced the gorilla to a nearby restaurant terrace.
    The zoo was packed with visitors as many Dutch took advantage of a national holiday Thursday to make a long weekend.
    "Everyone was in panic, running away, screaming, wailing, screaming kids running around, I don't know what all, kids without parents — it was a total drama," De Jonge said.
    Children cowered in their parents' arms as the gorilla loped past.
    People tried to hide inside the restaurant and were trying to bar the door, but fled as the gorilla approached, De Jonge said. Bokito then punched through the glass door and ran inside.
    "They were all in panic — the animal, too, I mean — and all the people ran outside the restaurant, and zoo personnel were running up and they were able to keep the animal inside by barricading the doors with garden furniture and things," he said.
    De Jonge said he later saw the woman "covered in blood," but walking unaided.

  2. YIKES, indeed... WOW. I would not know what to do if I faced with this situation... This is bit scary...
  3. These pics scare the crap out of me ! Look at the Mother with her child the shear fright !
  4. Omg!!!
  5. I think I would have a heart attack OMG!! they are HUGE!!
  6. Its interesting that these animals do not swim. But, I guess if you have agenda anything can happen !
  7. They don't swim, but they can wade upright in water.

    That's scary.

    I'm glad nothing worse happened. I wish a quick and speedy recovery for the injured.
  8. that's real scary i'd probably have had a heart attack.
  9. Yeah me too ! I showed my Husband, even he got shivers down his spine. Imagine sitting in a restaurant and a 4001b Gorilla walks in. :nuts:
  10. Wow! Very scary for those people but most peculiar, he must have been really spooked about something. Gorillas are usually very gentle creatures. Anyone remember the boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure at Jersey Zoo? The large Silverback protected him. Here is the link to one report, not hijacking your thread Prada :smile:

  11. Hi BagAngel

    Heck No !Your not the one that is obsessed with hijacking my threads. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, Thanks for the link. I remember hearing about this while growing up in England. It such a fascinating story.
  12. Welcome Prada :smile: I watched a programme on him & I really cried about him being found dead, one morning, the keepers were distraught.
    Have been in Jersey Zoo a few times.
    I guess with the one that escaped, they are not all so gentle as Jambo.
    I can imagine the terror of that poor woman & the damage he would have done to her arm, I suppose she is very lucky to get away with her life.
  13. Do they know how Jambo died ?
  14. Never heard Prada, they just found him dead one morning. I think everyone just adored him.
    I must do a search tomorrow see if any information, off to bed now my kids are safely home & tucked in LOL I will not tell you what time it is here!!
    Night :smile:
  15. Yeah go to bed ! My God ! it must be ^%%$##% in the bloody morning there ! :nuts: