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Gorilla Escape

Lawsuits filed in Texas after last year's gorilla escape.

Three families claim they were traumatized by a gorilla's escape at the Dallas Zoo last year and they're suing the city. The 13-year-old gorilla, Jabari, jumped over a wall last year and bit three people. Police later shot and killed the 350-pound animal.

The lawsuits claim the city was negligent because it didn't have a tranquilizer gun available and didn't make enough of an attempt to recapture or sedate the gorilla quickly.

The plaintiffs also claim the zoo's enclosure was inadequate. The city denies the allegations. An assistant city attorney has said the gorilla exhibit met industry standards, and that the main concern of zoo officials was evacuating visitors and getting medical treatment to the injured.

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