Man in Gorilla Suit Gets Shot by Vet Who Thought He Was Escaping Zoo

A 35-year-old zoo employee at Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain had a day that was just bananas!

(Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

While participating in a drill to test the zoo’s emergency procedures in case a gorilla ever broke free, the unnamed employee dressed in a gorilla suit and imitated an escaping primate. These kinds of drills often take place at zoos and animal parks to train staff, and in this case the employee donned the costume to make the event seem more realistic. The drill took place in the security zone and was attended only by authorized personnel.

Unfortunately, an employee did his job too well, because a vet who evidently didn’t know about the drill saw the furry fiend and believed a real animal was making its escape. So, the vet took out a tranquilizer gun and shot the employee in the leg.

The tranquilizer was designed for a 400-pound gorilla.

Needless to say, the employee dropped like a rock, and officials soon discovered that inside the fake gorilla skin was a man in his underwear — who was now suffering from a major allergic reaction. The man was given an antidote to combat the tranquilizer and was rushed to Hospital Universitari de Canarias. He is supposed to be recovering from the event.

Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands, as well as the most populated island of Spain.