A zoo worker who dressed up in a gorilla costume to make a practice drill more realistic was shot with a tranquiliser dart by a colleague who mistook him for the real thing.
The costumed employee was mimicking an escaped gorilla at Loro Parque in Tenerife yesterday when a vet, who wasn't aware of the drill, shot him in the leg with a tranquiliser dose designed to subdue a 400-pound gorilla, La Opinion de Tenerife newspaper reported.
The man had an allergic reaction to the dose and was taken to University Hospital of the Canary Islands, where he is in a serious condition.
In 2009 an employee at the same zoo was killed by an orca whale during a training session.
Tributes are being paid to a Lincoln GP who has died on the holiday island of Tenerife. Doctor Barathi Ravikumar who worked at the Bracebridge Heath health centre lost her life along with another person after trying to rescue two children who had been swept away by a wave.
Olubusola Amu, consultant and clinical director of Women and Children Services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has described Uma Ramalingam, who drowned at the weekend, as a 'fantastic doctor'.
We are greatly saddened to hear the death of Uma who had been working for the Trust for about six years.
She was a fantastic doctor who brought a lot of hope to the high risk women attending the Women and Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
This is a terrible shock to everyone who knew Uma. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed.
Uma was a consultant obstetrician at The Royal Oldham Hospital Women and Children’s Unit.