Angry gorilla cracks zoo glass – Watch

Angry gorilla cracks zoo glass - Watch

Silverback gorilla charges family at zoo, cracks glass, The video posted to YouTube shows the reflection of a little girl pounding her chest right before one of the gorillas rushes toward and jumps into the glass. Large cracks in the glass are visible briefly before the camera view shifts to show children running away.

Zoo director Dennis Pate told KETV NewsWatch 7 that the public was never in danger during this incident.

He said the glass is designed in such a way that would prevent any gorilla from ever breaking through the glass, even if it cracks.

The zoo said the glass on the exhibit is engineered to account for the size, strength and speed of a large male gorilla. The glass has three layers, and each layer alone can withstand a gorilla’s force. While one layer of glass did crack, leaving two layers untouched, the exhibit remains open.

Each layer of glass is a half-inch thick.

“Although the gorilla may have been engaging with the public to receive a reaction, the gorilla was most likely exhibiting typical gorilla behavior and likely posturing toward another male gorilla,” said Dan Cassidy, the zoo’s general curator. “It is common for male gorillas to display to each other, and occasionally they use the glass because of the noise it makes on their side.”

The gorilla who is featured in the video is Kijito, a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla, weighing 375 pounds.

The zoo said the gorillas are housed in a spacious exhibit that allows for free choice to interact with the public or stay in a secluded area in the yard.

Pate stressed that every effort is made to keep the public safe in all exhibits. He also said this is not the first time this has happened. It is just natural behavior of these gorillas.

PETA on Friday sent KETV NewsWatch 7 the following response to the gorilla video:

“Humans share 98 percent of our DNA with gorillas, so it should never be a surprise when a gorilla who has been locked up and put on display in a zoo reacts just as we would—with boredom, frustration, anger, and even psychosis. The only surprise is that incidents like this one don’t happen more often. Zoos simply can’t come close to matching the space, diversity, companionship, and freedom that animals enjoy in the wild, and that’s why PETA’s motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to use for entertainment.'”