[Courant] A 400-pound adult male gorilla escaped his cage at the Buffalo Zoo on Monday, biting a female zookeeper before being tranquilized and captured in what a SWAT team leader called, “the scariest thing I’ve ever done.” Zoo officials said Koga, a 24-year-old silverback gorilla, took advantage of an unlocked door in his living quarters on Monday morning and slipped into the space behind it, used by zoo personnel but closed to the public. A keeper who has cared for Koga since he arrived in 2007 was bitten on her hand and calf, in what officials said was an act of excitement rather than aggression. The keeper, whose name was not released, took refuge inside the habitat of a female gorilla and her newborn baby, Fernandes said. The keeper had a good relationship with the mother who, like Koga, is a West Lowland gorilla, native to West Africa and the Congo River Basin, she said. Meanwhile, police sent in the SWAT team to secure the area while a veterinarian used a handheld blow pipe to sedate Koga through a porthole. “That was the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my career,” said SWAT team captain Mark Maraschiello. “It’s a 400 pound animal that’s capable of who knows what. He could rip your arm out of its socket,” Maraschiello said. The sedated gorilla was dragged by zoo staff back to his habitat once the drugs took hold, about 15 minutes after they were administered. The wounded zookeeper was undergoing an evaluation at a nearby hospital but her injuries were not considered serious.
How much of a pussy is SWAT team captain Mark Maraschiello? THIS is the scariest thing you’ve ever done? An unarmed 400-pound gorilla who was dropped by some nerdy vet and a blow dart? I guess all those SWAT teams in the movies are bullshit – because if it were up to me, I’d rather take my chances with a gorilla I can bribe with fruit where my only concern is staying outside of arm’s length instead of a potential shootout with armor-piercing bullets coming from an unknown number of automatics. No need for a vest, helmet or shield. Just a couple Chiquitas and a blow dart to take Koga down. Who’s this unnamed vet with an arsenal of blow darts, anyway? You got an entire SWAT team loaded to the tits with ammo shoved aside by Dr. Doolittle and an over-sized straw. Shit sounds bananas.