The MailOnline reported that Loro Parque ran a safety drill involving a gorilla escape, which featured a zoo worker dressed in a gorilla suit.
Unfortunately, nobody remembered to tell the vet that it was just a drill and when he saw the “gorilla” running loose, he leapt into action.
He shot the zoo worker in the leg with a tranquiliser dart designed for a gorilla.
The worker was taken to hospital, but made a full recovery, according to a statement the zoo made to MailOnline.
The statement said that the drill was carried out in a security zone and was only attended by the park’s authorised personnel, who set off an emergency alarm.
“Once the various activities and communications were carried out according to protocol, a keeper from the wild mammals team was struck by a tranquiliser shot that the vets use in this kind of situation,” the statement said.
The man was seen by paramedics and taken to hospital, where he was treated and discharged.
We all know how important workplace health and safety is, but it appears that communication is even more important for a Tenerife zoo.