GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Her family says they are glad it was just poop, and a chimpanzee at John Ball Zoo didn’t hit their grandmother in the nose with a rock.
The 89-year-old woman in a wheel chair was beamed by the fecal fastball during a visit to the Grand Rapids zoo Sunday. And yes, there is cell phone video.
It’s been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.
Former zoo employee Erin Vargo says she noticed the chimp was getting agitated by children making monkey noises and other taunts. So, she started recording with her cell phone.
“He picked up the poop on the steps, and that’s when I started recording,” explains Vargo. “I believe he was aiming at some of the kids taunting him. The poor woman couldn't get out of the way in time.”
“It hit grandma,” says the woman’s granddaughter Maria. “I couldn't believe it. It landed right on her nose. Initially it was a shock. I was worried but we cleaned her up and we laughed our heads off.”
Zoo management says they are raising the barrier around the exhibit to make it more difficult for chimps to toss things at the crowds who come to see them.
This is apparently not the first time this animal has thrown poop at people. The zoo has hired a behavioral specialist to help them manage the chimpanzees.
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