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Zoo keeper mauled by 31-stone gorilla that ‘broke into locked area’

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Malabo was raised by keepers since birth, the zoo said, and is normally ‘close to his caregivers’.

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A zoo keeper has been left with serious injuries after being mauled by a 31 stone gorilla inside an enclosure.

The woman, 46, was attacked by the animal at the Madrid Zoo on Sunday. She suffered two broken arms and chest and head injuries.

She had been carrying out routine cleaning and morning feeding tasks when she was attacked by Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla, in an interior enclosure, the zoo said in a statement.

An investigation has been started into how the the gorilla was able to get through a ‘triple door’ to get into the protected area.


‘The zoo team managed to separate the animal from her and later, a veterinary team anaesthetised it with a tranquiliser dart,’ the statement added. ‘The animal was taken to its pen where it is calm.’

Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla, had been raised at the zoo…

Tom Williams

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