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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, Kumbuka, a male silverback gorilla sits next to the keeper's chalk board in his enclosure at London Zoo. Management of London Zoo said Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 that a silverback gorilla’s escape from its enclosure was a “minor incident” that posed no danger to the public. But a wildlife advocacy group said the incident, which ended without injuries to visitors or the animal, could have had a more tragic outcome, and is calling for an official investigation. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

A gorilla (sorta) escaped his enclosure at the London Zoo


Kumbuka, a male silverback gorilla, escaped from his enclosure into a staff area.

Armed police were called, guests were locked down. Zoo officials say nobody was in any danger.

Kumbuka was tranquilized and taken back to his enclosure. 

[This is] yet another startling reminder of the risks associated with maintaining dangerous wild animals in captivity.
Chris Draper, The Born Free Foundation

According to The Guardian, The Born Free Foundation is calling for stricter penalties for zoos that put guests in danger. 

The foundation also wants the government to investigate the welfare of great apes in zoos. 

CNN and The Guardian contributed to this report.

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