Il cane, identified as a male shepherd, reportedly entered the enclosure of its own accord. A gorilla soon spotted the dog and chased it, tuttavia, leading visitors to start yelling the gorilla’s name in an attempt to distract it, according to CBS 8.
Staff with the San Diego Human Society soon intervened, removing the gorillas and rescuing the dog.
“As soon as zoo staff saw the dog, they moved the gorillas out,” the SD Humane Society said in a statement.
Il cane, which did not have a microchip, is now being held so the owner can be identified.
“Our Humane Officers were able to move in and safely leash the shepherd and bring him back to our Escondido Campus for evaluation,” ha continuato.
The incident comes days after an orangutan grabbed a visitor through its cage at a zoo in Indonesia.
Footage shows the animal snatching at a visitor’s shirt, triggering a scuffle where the man tries to escape the animal’s grasp.
The incident reportedly took place at the Kasang Kulim Zoo in the Indonesian province of Riau.