Firefighters rescue Los Angeles Zoo employee who fell into gorilla enclosure

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LOS ANGELES – Firefighters rushed to the Los Angeles Zoo Thursday after an employee tumbled roughly 20 feet into the gorilla enclosure.

The worker fell in just before 8:30 a.m., according to the fire department.

Using a ladder and rope system, at least a dozen firefighters brought the man to safety.  He suffered a fractured femur in the fall and was rushed to an area hospital in fair condition.

Emergency workers placed the man on his side on a long spine board and transferred him to an ambulance at the scene.

All the gorillas living at the Hollywood zoo were secured at the time of the apparent accident.

It's not yet clear how the employee ended up in the enclosure.