By Rita Sobot For Mailonline
Published: 17:00 BST, 27 September 2020 | Updated: 17:30 BST, 27 September 2020
A zoo keeper has been savagely mauled by a 31-stone gorilla that she raised from its birth.
The woman, 46, was left with two broken arms and chest and head injuries after the attack at the Madrid Zoo this morning.
Malabo, a 29-year-old male gorilla, managed to break through three doors to get to the indoor facilities of the zoo while the zookeeper was getting on with the usual breakfast routine.
The zookeeper was stabilised by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to the Madrid Clinical Hospital in a serious condition. The Municipal Police of Madrid have taken over the investigation as it is classified as a work accident.
A statement just issued by the zoo said: 'Given the event that occurred this morning with a gorilla keeper from the Madrid Zoo, we share our official note and our wishes for a speedy recovery for this worker.
The woman, 46, was left with two broken arms and chest and head injuries after the attack at the Madrid Zoo this morning. Pictured: Malabo the gorilla who attacked her