Los Angeles Zoo worker rescued after falling into gorilla enclosure

An emergency vehicle is parked at the Los Angeles Zoo following a rescue of a zoo employee who fell into the gorilla enclosure on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (KABC)

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.
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