The BBC Accidentally Confused Nicola Sturgeon With An Escaped Gorilla

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It's no secret Scotland thinks England made an international fool of itself over Brexit.

And the latter didn't do itself any favours in repairing frayed ties this morning, when the BBC accidentally compared Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to an escaped gorilla.

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The gaffe came on Auntie's flagship morning show BBC Breakfast during a 6.30am segment about Sturgeon's proposal for a second referendum to leave the United Kingdom.

As presenters Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty built up an interview with the SNP leader, producers cut to a photograph of Kumbuka, the silverback who broke out of London Zoo yesterday.

Just as Munchetty said, "We're joined by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ..." an image of the rather grumpy-looking herbivorous ape chomping on an apple flashed on screen.

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As the severity of what had just happened began to dawn on the presenters, Stayt attempted to douse the flames, saying: "I'm sorry, we've very clearly run the wrong pictures of that particular sequence. My apologies there ..."

Twitter came alive immediately as the nation's early risers expressed their horror at the bungle.

"Just spat my cornflakes out watching BBC News talk about#NicolaSturgeon while showing footage of a gorilla," wrote Paul Molloy.

David Duncan said: "@BBCBreakfast Oh, the impeccably impartial BBC mixing up pictures of Nicola Sturgeon with a Gorilla. Keep it up, this all adds indy votes."

But as the news spread, surprise soon turned to suspicion among some viewers raising fears a conspiracy was afoot.

"Wonder if the #bbc 'accidentally on purpose' showed a video of a gorilla when talking about Nicola Sturgeon," tweeted Fiona C.

Malcom Cameron added: "BBC deliberately mistake @NicolaSturgeon for Gorilla escaped from zoo. The gorilla should sue for defamation of character IMO."