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Gorilla burnt in zoo fire put down with submachine gun

Jan 16, 2020 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

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 ...