Zoo staff must intervene after dog enters gorilla enclosure

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San Diego Zoo staff safely removed a dog trapped in a gorilla enclosure on Sunday.

The dog, identified as a male shepherd, reportedly entered the enclosure of its own accord. A gorilla soon spotted the dog and chased after him, but visitors began shouting the gorilla’s name in an attempt to distract him, according to CBS 8.

San Diego Human Society staff quickly intervened, removing the gorillas and rescuing the dog.

A dog spotted in a gorilla enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on June 12, 2022.

A dog spotted in a gorilla enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on June 12, 2022.
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“As soon as zoo staff saw the dog, they brought the gorillas out,” the SD Humane Society said in a statement.

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The dog, which did not have a microchip, is now being held so that the owner can be identified.

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“Our Humane Officers were able to go in and leash the shepherd safely and bring him back to our Escondido Campus for evaluation,” it continued.

The incident comes days after an orangutan grabbed a visitor through its cage at a zoo in Indonesia.

Footage shows how the animal grabs a visitor’s shirt and causes a scuffle in which the man tries to escape from the animal’s grip.

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The incident reportedly took place at the Kasang Kulim Zoo in the Indonesian province of Riau.

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