The three gorillas at Riverbanks Zoo spent an uneventful day in their outdoor exhibit on Wednesday, and zoo visitors should be able to spot them wandering the Ndoki Forest exhibit routinely now.
The gorillas weren't allowed outside for several days after one of them briefly escaped on Friday. The gorilla apparently grabbed a thin bamboo stalk drooping down from a 10-foot wall and pulled himself out of the exhibit. He encountered a concessions worker, who suffered minor injuries, then jumped back down into the exhibit.
The zoo horticulture staff spent the early part of this week trimming back vegetation around the exhibit, said Riverbanks executive director Satch Krantz. When the gorillas returned to the outdoor portion of their exhibit, they were watched closely by zoo staffers, but they did nothing out of the ordinary, he said.
The employee who was injured has yet to return to work and is being given plenty of time to recover, according to David Freireich, spokesman for zoo concessionaire Aramark.
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