Reportedly, a man dressed in a convincing gorilla costume has been shot with a tranquilizer dart after being mistaken for a genuine gorilla at a Spanish zoo. Allegedly, a staff member at Loro Parque in Tenerife was dressed in an ape suit for a drill to practice the emergency response for a hypothetical gorilla escape.
The man was running around the zoo grounds in an attempt to make the situation appear realistic.
However, his plan backfired when a breakdown in communication led to a zoo vet shooting him with a dart filled with enough medication to stop a 400lb gorilla in its tracks.
Apparently, the vet had been unaware that the training session was taking place and acted quickly when he saw what he believed to be an escaped zoo animal.
Spanish newspaper La Opinion said: “During a practice drill, the employee donned the costume and ran around the grounds to add realism to the event, but apparently the vet didn’t know it was a drill and opened fire with his tranquiliser gun on the hapless employee, who apparently had an allergic reaction to the dose, designed to stop a 400lb gorilla in its tracks.”
The man was immediately taken to the University Hospital of the Canary Islands, where he is said to be in a serious condition.