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(LOS ANGELES) — A grounds worker at the Los Angeles Zoo fell into the gorilla enclosure Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The zoo employee fell into the enclosure around 8:30 a.m. local time, the LAFD said. Officials said the gorillas were in their “bedrooms” and the employee was never in danger. The rescue took about 25 minutes.

The employee was strapped to a stretcher and lifted about 15 feet from a planted moat, the LAPD said. The worker was then taken to the hospital with a possible femur fracture.

The enclosure is home to the Western Lowland Gorillas, according to the zoo’s website. The zoo was closed at the time of the incident.

A representative for the Los Angeles Zoo did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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