A terrible accident has taken the life of San Francisco Zoo’s youngest gorilla. The 15-month-old Kabibe, a western lowland gorilla born at the zoo on July 17, 2013, was crushed to death underneath a hydraulic door on Friday, the zoo said in a statement to NBC on Saturday. San Francisco Zoo Executive Director and President Tanya Peterson said in the statement:
Some animal deaths are more difficult to process than others, and this tragedy has struck us all in the deepest way imaginable.
Kabibe and other gorillas were being moved into their night quarters at the facility when the youngster got stuck beneath the hydraulic door that separated the outside pen from the sleeping area. She died instantly. The freak incident is currently being investigated.
Workers at the zoo were particularly close to Kabibe, as she required round-the-clock care for the first six months of her short life, which brought them into closer than usual contact with the baby.
While many have mourned Kabibe’s loss on social media since Saturday, others will probably use this opportunity to protest against the captivity of animals in zoos.
1. Kabibe (below), a bay gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo, was killed on Friday.
2. The 15-month-old gorilla was crushed by a hydraulic door while running to her night quarters.
3. Workers at the zoo were particularly close to Kabibe, as she required round-the-clock care for the first six months of her short life (Image source: Twitter.)
And here is NBC’s report:
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