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Dutch Gorilla Returns to Home After Running Amok

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

A 180-kilogram (400-pound) gorilla that ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo was back in his enclosure and on view to the public Saturday, while a woman he dragged along a path and bit a day earlier remained hospitalized recovering from her injuries.

Bokito, an 11-year-old male gorilla, slept apart from the females in his group on Friday night as he recovered from the tranquilisers that ended his brief taste of freedom.

He was reunited with the female gorillas on Saturday morning.

On Friday, Bokito apparently leapt over a moat surrounding the zoo's gorilla enclosure and clambered onto a path at the zoo, which was packed with visitors during a long weekend in the Netherlands.

Bokito grabbed a woman, dragged her with him briefly and bit her before barging into a restaurant.

Camera phone footage shot inside restaurant showed the gorilla moving through the now empty dining area and finally exiting through a back door.

Three other people received minor injuries in the panic that broke out among zoo visitors. Staff managed to barricade Bokito into the restaurant and shot him with tranquiliser darts.

Dutch media reported that Bokito also escaped from his enclosure at Berlin's zoo in 2004 before he moved to Rotterdam.


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