There's a Gorilla on the Loose at the London Zoo [Update: They Caught It]

Kumbuka, a Western Lowland gorilla, at the London Zoo in 2014 (Image: Getty)
Kumbuka, a Western Lowland gorilla, at the London Zoo in 2014 (Image: Getty)

A gorilla escaped today from its enclosure at the London Zoo before being recaptured and reportedly subdued with a tranquilizer gun. Visitors were apparently locked in while the zoo attempted to thwart the gorilla’s surprise adventure.


In a statement given earlier to the Independent, the zoo said it was “managing an incident.” The Independent also reported that visitors apparently weren’t in danger, despite the fact there was a gorilla on the loose. The BBC says that police arrived at the zoo around 5:20 pm local time.

“Police were called by security at Regent’s Park at 5.17pm to reports of an ongoing incident. Officers are there to support ZSL staff,” Scotland Yard said in a statement to the Guardian.

The escape comes after another gorilla-related incident in May involving Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo. The animal was shot and killed by zoo workers after a three-year-old boy climbed into his enclosure.

Update 1:53 pm: And they got it. The Guardian and Sky News are now reporting that the gorilla has been captured and shot with a stun gun.


Update 10/14/2016: The gorilla has been identified as Kumbuka, a Western lowland silverback.

Sophie is a former news editor at Gizmodo.



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