A pet owner was seriously injured at the Madrid Zoo after being attacked by a gorilla.
The 46-year-old woman allegedly sustained a head injury, multiple fracture chest trauma and two broken arms this morning.
She was stabilized on the scene before being rushed to the Madrid Clinical Hospital in serious condition.
The Madrid City Police have taken over the investigation as it is classified as an industrial accident.
A statement just made by the zoo reads: “Given the incident that took place this morning with a gorilla keeper from the Madrid Zoo, we share our official notice and our wish for this worker to recover soon.”
“The events were held at around 10am this morning when a zoo keeper with 19 years of experience at the zoo walked into the interiors for the usual breakfast routine, cleaning and prepping the facilities.”
“Upon entering a secure area with a triple door, the caretaker met Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla who had accessed it. The reasons the animal was able to get into the area are being investigated internally. The judiciary is under investigation, however determine the exact details. “
The statement said that the interior area in question had no exit to the public area.
The zoo said the emergency protocol was quickly activated and notified the samur emergency team and city police.
“The zoo team managed to remove the animal, and later the veterinary team anaesthetized the animal with a reassurance dart that was brought to its inner bedroom and is quiet at the moment,” the statement continues.
“Note that Malabo has been raised by his caregivers since he was born protective of the group and around his carers. At this point, the caregiver has a cautious prognosis and the first thing she wishes is an early one.” Recovery.”
“Today the gorilla facilities will remain closed so both Malabo and the rest of the group will be quiet.”