Zoo go­rilla tran­quil­ized; keeper treated for bites

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BUF­FALO | A 400-pound go­rilla that es­caped from its cage at an up­state New York zoo and bit a zookeeper has been cap­tured in a zookeep­ers’ lounge and tran­quil­ized.

The Buf­falo Zoo says a 24-yearold male go­rilla named Koga got out of his cage into an aisle where the keeper was work­ing Mon­day morn­ing and bit her on the hand and the calf.

The keeper locked her­self in with the zoo’s other go­ril­las and called the an­i­mal es­cape team.

Po­lice locked down the zoo while Koga was con­fined to a lounge out­side public ar­eas and tran­quil­ized.

The Buf­falo Zoo has six western low­land go­ril­las in its main an­i­mal build­ing: Koga, four fe­males and a baby fe­male. It’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing how Koga es­caped.

The zookeeper suf­fered mi­nor bite wounds. She was taken to a hospi­tal for eval­u­a­tion.

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