LOS ANGELES --An employee at the Los Angeles Zoo was rescued after falling into the gorilla enclosure on Thursday, fire officials said.
The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m. Los Angeles time. Fire officials said the animals were secured and a search-and-rescue team assessed the situation.
The employee was safely extricated from the enclosure shortly before 9 a.m. and was transported to an area hospital in fair condition with a possibly fractured femur.
LAFD Public Service Officer Margaret Stewart said the protocol in this type of incident is to transport the patient to a trauma center since it is considered a "long fall," defined as greater than 20 feet.
It is unknown how the fall occurred.