Friday, May 18, 2007

King Kong in Rotterdam - updated

This big male gorilla called Bokito escaped today in Rotterdam's Zoo Blijdorp... Several people were wounded, one woman was dragged away and bitten by this big animal - according to news reports she is severely wounded. The gorilla has been captured again. Brrr - I'm happy we didn't visit this zoo today! Dutch TV

A woman protecting her child in the restaurant of Rotterdam's Zoo Blijdorp. Both visitors and Bokito were panicking. Bokito also escaped from Berlin zoo in 2004, when he climbed over a three-metre glass wall. He was moved to Rotterdam in 2005. Some other gorilla's (one male, two females) were recently transported to Shanghai Zoo. Just my guess, but could it be that Bokito is angry about this?
Latest video (Including some footage of Bokito's earlier escape in Berlin's Zoo)


Carolanne said...

I'm happy you didn't visit the zoo today, too!

Mike said...

I suppose he got a little upset after being locked up for all that time.

Hope everyone is OK.

Panda said...


Escaped Gorilla runs amok at Rotterdam zoo
By Associated Press
Friday, May 18, 2007

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo Friday, biting one woman, dragging her around, and causing panic among dozens of visitors before he was finally subdued, officials and a witness said.
The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, named Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said.
Four people were injured, including the woman who was bitten, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said.
Bokito was shot with a sedative dart and recaptured, said zoo spokeswoman Lilian Jonkers, but she couldn’t say what his condition was. It was not immediately clear how he managed to climb the high stone walls surrounding his enclosure.

"He got over the moat, which in itself is remarkable, because gorillas can’t swim," Dorrestijn said. "He got onto a path for visitors and started running and went at full speed through tables and diners at the Oranje restaurant."
A witness, Robert de Jonge, told NOS radio that he didn’t see the gorilla escape but began following it and tried to help after he saw people running and screaming that the animal had grabbed a woman.
"I saw the beast running through the park with a woman behind him, him grabbing her forearm," De Jonge said.
At a distance of around 30 yards, he saw the gorilla lie down near the woman and then heard her scream.
"He bit her, or I think he bit her, because when he stood up his mouth was covered in blood," De Jonge said.
He said he then stopped to tell arriving police what had happened and ran with them as they traced the gorilla to a nearby restaurant terrace.
The zoo was packed with visitors as many Dutch took advantage of a national holiday Thursday to make a long weekend.
"Everyone was in panic, running away, screaming, wailing, screaming kids running around, I don’t know what all, kids without parents - it was a total drama," De Jonge said.
Children cowered in their parents’ arms as the gorilla loped past.
People tried to hide inside the restaurant and were trying to bar the door, but fled as the gorilla approached, De Jonge said. Bokito then punched through the glass door and ran inside.
"They were all in panic - the animal, too, I mean - and all the people ran outside the restaurant, and zoo personnel were running up and they were able to keep the animal inside by barricading the doors with garden furniture and things," he said.
De Jonge said he later saw the woman "covered in blood," but walking unaided.

Kerstin Hack said...

Well - I do guess that we Berliners have a strong desire for freedom. That may have washed off to the aninmals in our zoos....Greetings from a freedom city... Kerstin

Art said...

I'm glad I didn't visit that zoo either... well I'm thousands of miles away, but still...