Three teenage gorillas have escaped from their enclosure at Paignton zoo and gone on a rampage, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Kiondo and Kivu, both 15, and N’Dowe, 14, ripped up wiring and pulled out water pipes after breaking into a secure corridor of the Ape Centre at Paignton Zoo in Devon on Friday.
Experts tried to tranquilise the three Western lowland gorillas , which can weigh as much as 200 kilograms, to bring an end to their destruction, but failed.
To ensure the safety of the trio, power and water supplies were disconnected to their enclosure while the rest of the park remained open.
On Saturday morning, vets were able to dart two of the gorillas and lure another to the other side of the enclosure with food so that a door could be closed, separating the apes from the corridor.
A spokesman for the zoo said: “Staff responded quickly and professionally, with vets, senior animal staff and managers attending.
“The gorillas were at all times behind two layers of security; there was never any possibility of them escaping into public areas.”
The maintenance team at the zoo will assess the damage in detail this week.
Original Article: The Sun