October 13, 2016 / 6:21 PM / a year ago

Gorilla briefly escapes its London Zoo enclosure

A general view of London Zoo where a gorilla escaped earlier today, London, Britain October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

LONDON (Reuters) - A gorilla escaped from its enclosure at London Zoo on Thursday and some visitors had to be locked inside a cafe for their own safety before it was recaptured, British media reported.

The creature was caught after reportedly being tranquilised, the Press Association said. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the incident was now over.

A gorilla named Harambe became the centre of global media attention earlier this year after being killed by staff at the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States, minutes after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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