Baby gorilla killed in tragic zoo accident in San Francisco

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A baby gorilla died in a tragic zoo accident over the weekend.

Kabibe– or ‘Little Lady’ in Swahili– was fatally injured when she was crushed by a closing hydraulic door at The San Francisco Zoo.

The 15-month old unexpectedly darted under the door as she was being moved into her night quarter after the zoo closed on Friday.

The death has devastated zoo staff, who grew close to Kabibe when they provided around-the-clock postnatal care during her first 6-months of life.

The gorilla preserve will be open, but staff is asking the public for patience while they mourn the loss, along with the gorilla family.

Kabibe, an endangered Western lowland gorilla, was one of the youngest members of the Jones gorilla family.

A spokesperson for the zoo revealed the hydraulic door was custom-made with a fully functional manual shut-off switch. Unfortunately, the switch wasn’t pressed in time to save Kabibe.
Activists say better safety measures could have prevented the freak accident. The accident is under investigation and procedures are under review to see if any changes need to be made.

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