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#1 Hum

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 16:47

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- For the second time this year, carelessness by keepers has allowed gorillas at a zoo in western Canada to get into a kitchen, officials said Wednesday.

The kitchen used by zookeepers is next to the gorilla enclosure at the Calgary Zoo. In March, and again last weekend, zoo keepers left a door unsecured, the Calgary Herald reported.

Six western lowland gorillas made the break Sunday. The zoo said two employees have been disciplined but not fired.

A keeper who left a door open in March was fired. Officials said he had a previous incident -- leaving a knife in the gorilla enclosure in 2009.

Lindsey Galloway, a zoo spokesman, said officials are trying to determine if rules and procedures need to be changed or if it is simply a matter of getting employees to follow existing regulations.

"When all that stands between you and a dangerous animal is a closed locked door, you would think you would have the presence of mind to be sticking with the protocols," he said. "A simple human error with potentially tragic consequences means we can't take such a mistake lightly."

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 18:01

 

Lindsey Galloway, a zoo spokesman, said officials are trying to determine if rules and procedures need to be changed or if it is simply a matter of getting employees to follow existing regulations.

 

 

Speaking from experience, it's hard to get good help these days.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 13:45

So what did they eat in the kitchen ... ?



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 15:11

So what did they eat in the kitchen ... ?

 

You reckon they cook themselves a steak?



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 18:57

^ I thought maybe the bananas ....



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 19:04

true story, about 20 years ago, a gorilla at the calgary zoo flung some poop at me.



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 19:07

true story, about 20 years ago, a gorilla at the calgary zoo flung some poop at me.

 

I trust you flung some of your own back, beat your chest and let out the 300 Spartan War chant?



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:08

true story, about 20 years ago, a gorilla at the calgary zoo flung some poop at me.

Sasquatch did that to me once.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:13

Sasquatch did that to me once.

 

My goodness what in the world were you doing to him?

 

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