Topeka Zoo activates ’emergency response plan’ after gorilla escapes temporarily

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – The City of Topeka says the Topeka Zoo’s emergency response plan was engaged Friday morning when Tiffany the gorilla entered a secure service area through a door off of her exhibit that was mistakenly left open.

The City says no one was harmed in the event and the gorilla was not harmed and did not have access to any public area or zoo guests.

The emergency response was activated at just after 9 a.m. during the gorilla’s time in the service area. The gorilla spilled a cup of chalk and opened a cassette player.  Tiffany was lured back into her enclosure and the all-clear was issued at 9:30 a.m.

“Overall, our emergency response plan worked,” Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said.  “Zoo employees stayed calm, maintained professionalism, and acted quickly based on their knowledge and training.”

Zoo management is investigating the incident.





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