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Spain zoo vet accidentally shoots keeper with tranquillizer dart during gorilla escape drill

Published on Jun 6, 2014 5:50 PM
 
An endangered silverback mountain gorilla from the Nyakamwe-Bihango family feeds within the forest in Virunga national park near Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on May 3, 2014. A Spanish zoo vet shot a keeper with a tranquillizer dart when a gorilla escape drill went awry, knocking out the unfortunate victim, who spent the next three days in hospital. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish zoo vet shot a keeper with a tranquillizer dart when a gorilla escape drill went awry, knocking out the unfortunate victim, who spent the next three days in hospital.

Zoo workers ran a drill simulating a gorilla escape on Monday, said the Loro Park zoo, a popular holiday destination in Lanzarote on Spain's Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

But a park vet armed with a tranquillizer gun then shot a loaded dart into the 35-year-old keeper by mistake, Loro Park spokesman Patricia Delponti told AFP on Friday.

"For an unknown reason it fired accidently and hit his co-worker beside him in the leg," Ms Delponti said.

 
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