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Gorilla Escapes From Zoo, Injures Two People

September 29, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A restless gorilla broke out of its zoo enclosure, injuring a 2-year-old and a teenager before it was sedated and recaptured almost two hours later, according to zoo officials.

The gorilla escaped from Boston's Franklin Park Zoo minutes before it was scheduled to close, according to Zoo New England Chief Executive and President John Linehan. The gorilla injured the young girl and an 18-year-old woman almost immediately after escaping, Linehan said.

The 5-foot-tall, 300-pound gorilla escaped in August, but did not leave the zoo grounds.

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