Zoo association satisfied with report into knife left in gorilla cage

CALGARY — The group that accredits zoos across Canada says it’s satisfied with a report into how a gorilla at the Calgary Zoo grabbed hold of a knife in its enclosure.


CALGARY — The group that accredits zoos across Canada says it’s satisfied with a report into how a gorilla at the Calgary Zoo grabbed hold of a knife in its enclosure.

Bill Peters, national director of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said the zoo’s report explained how a keeper accidentally left the knife in the gorilla’s enclosure and what steps have been taken since.

Pictures snapped by onlookers show the gorilla, Barika, clutching the knife in her black, hairy hand and briefly holding it up near another animal.

Within minutes, the gorillas were called out of the enclosure by keepers and Barika placed the blade on a chair.

Zoo officials said at the time the primates don’t understand the idea of using weapons and were never in any real danger.

Peters said the zoo has taken steps to ensure, as much as humanly possible, that items aren’t left in an enclosure.

“It appeared to us that they were taking quite reasonable, adequate measures to ensure that they would maintain safe circumstances for all of their animals,” he said.

The zoo association can ask for a report on any incident of concern, whether reported by a zoo or pointed out by the public, Peters said. If needed, the zoo association can ask that further action be taken or even remove accreditation.

In this case, the issue is settled and won’t affect future accreditation, he said.

“It’s dealt with, as far as we’re concerned, entirely satisfactorily.”

Just Posted

WATCH: Every square tells a story: Edmonton expert is exploring Red Deer’s quilting history

Community members can bring in family heirloom quilts for documentation

Red Deer-area dads going through divorce are invited to Man Up

Support group formed to focus on positive activities, networking

Pine Lake shooter loses conviction appeal

Cory Lavallee sentenced in 2016 to nine years in prison for attempted murder

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

PHOTO: Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty

Lunch bags were being handed out in front of The Hub downtown… Continue reading

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL’s trend toward diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With a laugh, Kim Pegula’s competitive nature kicked in… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked… Continue reading

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

NEW YORK — Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer… Continue reading

Canadian manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent in August: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Brian Mulroney joins board of directors of New York-based pot company

NEW YORK — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board… Continue reading

Canadians waking up to legalized cannabis: ‘My new dealer is the prime minister’

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadians across the country woke up to legalized… Continue reading

B.C. man accused of swimming naked in Toronto shark tank arrested in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Police have arrested a B.C. man who is… Continue reading

Most Read