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Person In Gorilla Suit Mistaken for Actual Gorilla, Tranquilized

Early contender for the best story of 2014 here. The Loro Parque Zoo on the Spanish island of Tenerife was running a routine training drill about what to do if a gorilla escapes its cage, which involved having an employee dress up in a gorilla suit and run around the zoo. Sounds like quite the work environment. However, the zoo’s all-staff communication must need some work, because one other employee was on a very different page. He’s the zoo veterinarian, and when he saw the gorilla-suited employee (who must have been doing a fabulous job), he was under the impression that the apeocalypse had begun, and took matters into his own hands, shooting his fellow co-worker with a tranquilizer dart intended for a 400-lb. gorilla.

The employee dropped like a stone (just imagine how heroic the veterinarian must have felt at first) and had to be taken to the hospital, where he made a full recovery, and the rest of the zoo can rest assured that if a gorilla ever does escape its cage, at least one person knows what to do …

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