Gorilla burnt in zoo fire put down with submachine gun
A GERMAN police officer had to use a submachine gun to put down a critically injured gorilla, it emerged yesterday.
The incident took place following a fire at a zoo in the German town of Krefeld on New Year's Eve in which more than 30 apes and monkeys died.
The ape is believed to have been Massa, a 48-year-old silverback who was the oldest male gorilla in Europe.
He survived the initial blaze but suffered devastating injuries.
Zoo staff asked police to end his suffering ...