Gorilla Chases Stray Dog That Entered Enclosure at San Diego Zoo

A gorilla was recorded chasing after a stray dog that managed to enter its enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California, on June 12.

Video recorded by Desteniey Pickett shows a dog running from one side of the enclosure to the other, as a large gorilla named Frank stomps closely behind.

The two animals engage in a cat-and-mouse chase for a majority of the video, as onlookers can be heard shouting the gorilla’s name in hopes of distracting the ape. A zookeeper can be seen later in the video throwing in feed from above the habitat, also with the intention of distracting the gorilla.

“I was worried the silverback was going to grab the dog,” Pickett told Storyful. “I was very anxious the entire time, waiting for employees to come.”

According to a KUSI journalist, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park made a statement saying the dog was “successfully removed and no Safari Park animals, staff, or guests were harmed.”

Local news reported that the dog was a shepherd with no microchip, and he was currently being held on stray hold as they searched for a potential owner. Credit: Desteniey Pickett via Storyful

Video transcript

- No! Ah!

- No, oh my god. Oh my God. I'm about to get so scared.

- Frankie! Frank! Franklin!

- Franklin! Franklin! Franklin!

- Franklin!

- Frankie!

- Frankie!

- Frankie!

- Franklin!

- Franklin! Franklin! Go, go, come on!

- Aww.

- They have to get that gorilla like, away. He like, wants--

- Follow me. Follow me.

- [WHISTLING]

- [WHISTLING] Go, go!

- [WHISTLING]

- Oh my god.

- I'm calling them right now. I am working on it, Frankie.

- Franklin!

- Frankie!

Frankie, come here! Buddy, let's go!

Frankie!

- Oh!

- Oh my god.

- No-- oh my God.

- Frankie!

- Franklin!

Hey, Frankie! Go right there.

- Franklin!

Franklin! Hey, come on.

- Franklin.

- Frankie!

- Frankie!

Frankie!

- Frankie B!

- The dog all right?

- He went down by--

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