Gorilla Attack

The latest primate problem has occurred in South Carolina, where a zoo gorilla scaled a wall, threatened a few people, and beat the hell out of a kid who works at a pizza joint on the grounds. The kid's injuries are minor.

Despite the scary image, it's hard to get hurt by a gorilla. Most documented injuries—and there aren't many—happen when a zoo specimen escapes, panicks, and bites or hits people. There are probably some injuries in the wild, where hunters attack the big primates for the bushmeat trade. If so, these go unreported, because it's illegal to hunt gorillas; they're endangered.

Gorillas eat plants, insects, and an occasional bird egg. They don't eat meat and take no predatory interest in people.

Update: Gorilla Victim Sues

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Gorilla photos by Wayne Allison:


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