Escaped orangutan shot and killed at Duisburg Zoo

An orangutan has been shot and killed at Duisburg Zoo in western Germany after it escaped from its enclosure late on Monday evening.

An orangutan at Duisburg Zoo.

An orangutan at Duisburg Zoo. Image by Herman Pijpers / CC BY 2.0

A city spokesperson said that staff had been 'deeply affected' by the animal's death, but that 'protection of human life had to come first'. A second orangutan had escaped at the same time, but was tranquilised and returned to its enclosure. Read more: 

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