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Probe finds San Francisco Zoo gorilla pen unsafe

November 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An investigator probing the death of a baby gorilla crushed under an electric door at the San Francisco Zoo found the enclosure is outdated and unsafe and should to be replaced.

The 16-month-old gorilla named Kabibe was killed last week when she unexpectedly darted under the door while it was closing.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1xEmvvE) Friday that the gorilla expert hired by the zoo found the employee who was operating the hydraulic door with an emergency stop button did not have a clear and unimpeded view of the doors.

Dr. Terry Maple said the doors aren’t designed to stop when they hit something, like garage doors are, and watching each of the doors from the control panel is possible, but not easy to do.

Zoo officials declined comment.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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