Escaped Gorilla 'Downed 5 Litres Of Blackcurrant Squash' While On The Run In London Zoo

Reports he also snaffled six boxes of Jaffa Cakes remain unconfirmed​

Quick tip for the next time you're confronted with a 29 stone gorilla: offer it some blackcurrant squash.

Last week at London Zoo one such animal – known as Kumbuka – broke free of his enclosure, causing staff to shut themselves in the restaurant and butterfly enclosure.

Professor David Field, the ZSL's zoological director, explained: "Staff raised the alarm that triggered our standard escape response, while Kumbuka briefly explored the zookeeper area next door to his den, where he opened and drank five litres of undiluted blackcurrant squash.

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"Kumbuka was immediately contained in the non-public area by quick-thinking zookeepers responding to the alarm, where he was tranquilised and moved back into his den."

Note that's undiluted squash – no watered down nonsense – which, while (thankfully) not quite the same thing  as ripping another creature apart limb by limb, is a subtle reminder that gorillas are among nature's 'harder' animals.

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Thankfully, all ended happily when a keeper who knew Kumbuka well helped get him back to his enclosure.

"I can certainly tell you that there were no broken locks, Kumbuka did not smash any windows, he was never "on the loose", and his normal gorilla posturing reported by visitors earlier in the day was unrelated to the incident." Proffesor Field added.

"Any breach of our security protocols is incredibly serious, but the incident itself was less dramatic than some would have you believe. Within two hours Kumbuka was back with his family, snacking on treats, and probably wondering what all the fuss was about."