Los Angeles Zoo Worker Hospitalized After Falling Into Gorilla Enclosure

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
January 21, 2016 Updated: January 21, 2016

 A Los Angeles Zoo worker fell at least 20 feet into a gorilla enclosure, possibly breaking his leg.

The 61-year-old fell around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.

During the rescue by firefighters, the apes were secured, the Los Angeles Fire Department said via Twitter.

 

DEVELOPING: A rescue is underway at an L.A. zoo after a 61-year-old man fell into a gorilla enclosure http://cbsn.ws/1VbiNTF – CBS Los Angeles

Posted by CBS News on Thursday, January 21, 2016

The rescue entailed two urban search-and-rescue task forces utilizing a rope system to hoist the man up before wheeling him on a gurney to a waiting ambulance.

The whole operation took about half-an-hour, Margaret Stewart of the department told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Officials said in an alert that the man has a possible femur fracture and is in fair condition.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.