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Dog safely removed from gorilla exhibit at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Dog safely removed from gorilla exhibit at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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Posted at 9:54 PM, Jun 12, 2022

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Park officials confirm a dog was safely removed from the gorilla exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Sunday afternoon.

In a statement sent to ABC 10News, park officials say two domestic dogs were loose inside the park and around 4 p.m. one of the dogs reportedly jumped into the gorilla habitat.

"Wildlife care specialists successfully recalled the two gorillas out of the habitat so the dog could be removed. Recall training is a part of the regular safety procedures at the Park," the park said in a statement.

The dogs were safely removed and no injuries were reported during the recall. Safari Park also say no staff, Safari Park animals, or guests were harmed.

There's video of the incident making its rounds on social media.

It's unclear where the dogs came from and who they belong to.

On Monday, the dog named Mighty Joe Young received a veterinary exam by the San Diego Humane Society's Dr. Brie Sarvis. She removed several ticks from the dog, but said he is otherwise in good condition. The dog has also been given all of his vaccines.

Now, he waits at the Escondido campus on a "stray hold," a four-day period for the owner to come forward and claim him.

If no owner comes forward during that period, Mighty Joe Young will be scheduled for neuter surgery before being placed for adoption.

Dog safely removed from gorilla exhibit at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

City News Service contributed to this report.