The woman was carrying out routine cleaning and morning feeding tasks when she was attacked by Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla, in an interior enclosure, Madrid Zoo said in a statement.
Nota Informativa: Ante el suceso ocurrido esta mañana con una cuidadora de gorilas del Zoo de Madrid, compartimos la nota oficial y nuestro deseo de una pronta recuperación para esta trabajadora. Más información: https://t.co/zj9rA6vJdK pic.twitter.com/g4doDDqiM2
— zoo madrid (@zoomadrid) September 27, 2020
“The zoo team managed to separate the animal from her and later, a veterinary team anaesthetised it with a tranquiliser dart,” the statement added.
“The animal was taken to its pen where it is calm.”
Police and the zoo said they were investigating how the gorilla was able to enter the enclosure, which is protected with a triple door.
.@SAMUR_PC traslada grave al Clínico a una cuidadora del Zoo de 46 años que ha sido atacada por un gorila. @policiademadrid se ha hecho cargo de la investigación del accidente. pic.twitter.com/7fZmkvXSU5
— Emergencias Madrid (@EmergenciasMad) September 27, 2020
The woman, who has 19 years” experience working at the zoo, was stabilised at the scene before being rushed to hospital where she is in serious condition, local emergency services said in a tweet.
The zoo said Malabo was raised by keepers since birth and is normally “close to his caregivers”.