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Friday, April 10, 2009 » 01:32pm

A gorilla has used a palm frond to escape his enclosure at Melbourne Zoo and go walkabout before zookeepers used a bunch of bananas to recapture him.

The zoo said visitors were ushered out of harm's way and into the gift shop near the zoo's entrance until the 20-minute drama was over, just before closing time on Thursday.

Yakini used the frond to climb out of his enclosure and was walking around before keepers lured him into the nearby elephant barn with some bananas, spokeswoman Judith Henke said.

Zoo vets then sedated him with a dart gun.

Ms Henke said no one was hurt during the incident.

'He just went for a walk,' she told AAP.

'These are gentle animals and the staff had him under observation.'

Ms Henke said Yakini, who was born at the zoo and lives a bachelor life with his father and brother, was monitored by vets as he recovered from the effects of the dart.

'He went into the barn and the next thing he knew he was waking up on a bed of straw in his den,' she said.



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