The San Francisco, California-based Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition issued a press release Tuesday cautioning that "Bobo's escape is the tip of the icebergthe rate of animal escapees, human and animal injury and death from privately owned big cats is increasing."
According to the coalition, big cat incidents since April 2003 include four human fatalities, 18 human injuries, 124 animal fatalities, 28 animal escapes, and 222 confiscations.
On March 18, Jabari, a 340-pound (153-kilogram) gorilla made headlines when he apparently leapt across a 12-foot (3.5-meter) wide moat and wall at the Dallas Zoo in Texas and went on a 40-minute rampage in which he injured one adult and two children before being shot to death.
Bobo's Monday escape and Tuesday shooting are under investigation, officials said.
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