Kansas City Zoo to investigate how gorillas escaped enclosed exhibit

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 7:54 a.m. CST; updated 10:07 a.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Zoo officials will investigate how two of the zoo's gorillas got into a non-public feeding area, prompting employees to briefly move into secure areas.

Zoo officials said visitors were never in danger Sunday while the western lowland gorillas roamed from their enclosed exhibit into a zookeeper area for about three hours. Visitors were kept in secure areas for about a half hour before being allowed to leave.

Zoo director Randy Wisthoff said zoo employees eventually used water hoses to push the two male gorillas, which both weigh more than 400 pounds, back into their habitat.


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