As any teenager would agree, they do not like to be enclosed. Teens love to rule themselves and be free at any time. Kiondo, Kivu and N’dowe are 3 teenage male gorillas at Paignton in Devan. These 3 gorillas decided to break lose and help themselves with anything they could find in their way.
The trio found themselves in a safe corridor away from their dens and wreaked havoc. Luckily, no visitor or staff member was at risk and so the management decided to keep the rest of the zoo open. Much damage was done to the electrical wiring and the water pipe system. Literally, everything was torn apart by these teens.
Electric power was switched off to prevent the gorillas from being electrocuted. The water was also turned off completely. Tranquilizer darts could not land on the three primates as they could not settle down but rather moves cheekily from one place to the other. The experts decided to leave the primates in the corridor for the night to avoid stressing them as it could make them do more harm. The animals were allowed to rest for the night with experts having close monitoring over them.
Matters were brought back to normal the following morning when two of the animals were shot with tranquillizers. The other one was lured with food and with the high appetite associated with the primates, it was cornered. A staff member stressed that the gorillas are ever under heavy security at all times. It therefore remains a mystery as to how the three managed to breach the security system. However, we all know that you cannot lock a teen up. Try doing that and they will give you heavy resistance.
The funniest bit is that the zoo’s oldest gorilla, Partinax (35), was not involved in the vandalism. He stayed calmly at his den throughout the escapade of the teens. It further shows the behaviour of us humans; the elderly are ever calm. The Ape Centre has since been closed to facilitate repair and maintenance of the place.