June 06, 2014
Zoo Tranquilizes Man In Gorilla Suit
From The Telegraph:
Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilliser dart at a man dressed as a gorilla.
Police on the Spanish island received a call from a panicked member of the public, who said that a gorilla had escaped from its pen in Loro Park zoo, and was seen running around the theme park. [...]
But to his horror, the vet - who had only been in the job for two months - realised that the creature was in fact an employee of the zoo, dressed in a gorilla suit, who was staging a mock escape to practise their emergency routines.
This incident brings to mind another case of mistaken identity where officials in a Japanese Zoo trapped and tranquilized an escaped zebra. Turns out, the "zebra" was a man in costume. That scene was caught on video: