Zookeeper Left with Serious Chest, Head Injuries After Being Attacked by 440-pound Gorilla at Madrid Zoo

A zookeeper has been mauled by a gorilla and rushed to hospital with serious injuries today after the animal broke through three safety doors. Madrid Emergency Office

A Spanish zookeeper was left with serious chest and head injuries after being mauled by a 440-pound gorilla who broke through three security doors, according to officials.

The 46-year-old keeper was serving breakfast at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium Sunday when she was surprised by 29-year-old great ape Malabo in what should have been a secure area, officials told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“The zoo team managed to separate the animal from her and later, a veterinary team anesthetized it with a tranquilizer dart,” the zoo said.

“The animal was taken to its pen where it is calm,” the zoo said of Malabo, who was raised there since birth and is normally “close to his caregivers.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown