Last updated: Monday, 1-sept-97 17:49 GMT|
Police And Thieves..... And Gorillas!
Johannesburg, South Africa, July 18 1997:
the bad, or maybee he just didn't care, and turned on
the policemen. He managed to KO one of the policemen and biting one of
the others on the buttocks, the arm and the hand, before he went down hit
by three slugs from the robbers weapon.
ax, a 26 years old, 190kg (418 pound) gorilla
got involved in some realy weird action on friday, July 18. A desperate
robber was being chased by police through Johannesburg Zoo. As the policemen
were gaining on him he probably thought he needed a good hidingplace so
he jumped a fence and entered Max's and his partner Lisa's enclosure. Naturally
Max wasn't too happy about this intrusion, and when three policemen followed
the robber into the enclosure the robber opened fire upon the police and
of course they fired back at him. By now Max was really pissed. He didn't
want no gunbattle on his turf, so he jumped the robber. The terrified robber
started fireing at Max and in the heat of the moment Max couldn't tell
the good guys from
Zoo officials loaded Max onto a truck serving as an animalambulance
and rushed him off to one of the city's top private hospitals where he
He had been hit in the lower face, in the shoulder and
straight through the neck. Veterinary surgeons undertook a delicate operation,
removing bulletfragments from the gorilla.
"It's terrible," said zoo spokeswoman Jacqui Thompson.
"Our reaction is shock, disbelief, horror, anger."
The two policemen wounded by the gorilla aswell as the
robber, who got shot in the hip by the policemen were being treated as
hospital as well.
Later on Max could leave the hospital and return home
to the zoo to recuperate.
Score: Police: 1, Robber: 1, Gorilla: 2!
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