Baby Gorilla Dies in ‘Tragic Accident’ at San Francisco Zoo

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KTVU posted this raw footage of Kabibe in 2013. The 15-month-old gorilla died after a “tragic accident,” San Francisco Zoo officials stated Nov. 8, 2014.

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A 15-month-old female gorilla was fatally injured at the San Francisco Zoo when she became trapped under a closing hydraulic door, the zoo said Saturday.

The zoo staff was moving animals from their enclosures to their night quarters Friday when the western lowland gorilla named Kabibe — or “little lady” in Swahili — darted under the closing door, the zoo said in a news release.

The zoo said its primate staff was close to Kabibe, having provided round-the-clock postnatal care for the gorilla during the first six months of her life.

The zoo described the incident as a “tragic accident” and said it will review procedures to determine whether changes are necessary.

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Correction: The story originally misreported the gorilla’s age. It has since been updated. 

The following is raw video of Kabibe posted by KTVU on Dec. 21, 2013. 


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