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Gorilla at San Francisco Zoo dies in 'tragic accident'

Gorilla at San Francisco Zoo dies in 'tragic accident'
Kabibe the gorilla suffered fatal injuries in an accident at the San Francisco Zoo, officials said Saturday. (Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo)

A 15-month-old female gorilla was fatally injured at the San Francisco Zoo when she became trapped under a closing hydraulic door, the zoo said Saturday.

The zoo staff was moving animals from their enclosures to their night quarters Friday when the western lowland gorilla named Kabibe -- or "little lady" in Swahili -- darted under the closing door, the zoo said in a news release.

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The zoo said its primate staff was close to Kabibe, having provided round-the-clock postnatal care for the gorilla during the first six months of her life.

The zoo described the incident as a "tragic accident" and said it will review procedures to determine whether changes are necessary.

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