Gorilla's escape puts London Zoo on lockdown

A gorilla that escaped its enclosure put London Zoo briefly on lockdown Thursday, with armed police called to the scene and visitors evacuated or moved inside buildings.

Scotland Yard said the incident "concluded" at around 6:45 pm (1745 GMT) amid reports the gorilla had been shot with a tranquilliser dart and recaptured, the Press Association reported.

The animal was thought to be named Kumbuka, a western lowland silverback who arrived at London Zoo in early 2013, The Independent reported.

The escape came five months after a 17-year-old male lowland gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio after a toddler fell into a moat around his enclosure.

Last update: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 23:00
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