Lighter side: Man shot with tranquiliser dart in safety drill fail

Workplace health and safety is essential, especially if your workplace is filled with wild animals. A Tenerife zoo ran a drill for a gorilla escape featuring a worker in a gorilla suit, but forgot to tell the vet that it wasn’t real.

Lighter side: Man shot with tranquiliser dart in safety drill fail
We all know how important workplace health and safety is, but it appears that communication is even more important for a Tenerife zoo.

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. 

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