London Zoo gorilla scare: Ape escapes enclosure


Gorillas pictured at London Zoo in 2008.

Story highlights

  • Footage of armed police walking through zoo posted on social media
  • Reports that the public has been locked inside buildings for protection
(CNN)A gorilla escaped its enclosure at London Zoo on Thursday, prompting concerns about the safety of visitors.

The city's Metropolitan Police received a call from zoo security just after 5 p.m. asking for assistance with an escaped gorilla, police told CNN.
Footage posted on social media showed armed officers walking through the grounds. 
Other members of the public reported huddling inside zoo buildings for protection from the gorilla on the loose. 
A police spokesperson later told the Press Association the incident had "concluded," amid reports the animal had been recaptured.

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